Offbeat Video

By Ben Walley


This is the impressive moment a cyst is removed from a woman’s shoulder.

Dr Michael Lewis numbs the woman’s shoulder with an injection, before making an incision and squeezing out the cyst.

Dr Lewis says he has always enjoys performing procedures and that he identifies it as an epidermoid cyst.

Working at his concierge medical practise Willow Medical Center (www.willowmedicalcenter.com) in Los Angeles, California, he works as a Certified Family Practice Physician.

He said: “In this procedure I simply just remove the epidermoid cyst from the left shoulder and then close it. That should hopefully solve the problem.

“An epidermoid cyst is a benign cyst usually found on the skin. The cyst develops out of ectodermal tissue.

“Histologically, it is made of a thin layer of squamous epithelium. The epidermoid cyst may have no symptoms, or it may hurt when touched.

“As a family practice physician, we are taught to treat all ailments. I used to deliver babies but I don’t do that anymore.

“Our scope of practice, one can say is, Womb to Tomb. Therefore part of my practice is treating lumps and bumps.  I have always enjoyed performing procedures – It is one of my favourite things to do.

“I perform multiple procedures weekly from simple things like cleaning out ear wax and joint injections to removal of masses on the skin. Nothing bothers me too much as far as procedures go, however if the smell is bad, it can be really tough.

“I work in Woodland Hills, California in my own practice.  I left the bureaucratic trap of HMO corporate medicine so that I can provide the type of medicine that people desire.

“I also wanted to return back to the principles that I went to medical school in the first place – compassionate care, healing and relationships.

“I opened a concierge medical practice, where there is no red tape. I work for my patients, not the insurance companies.  It’s medicine the way it used to be – the way it should be.”