This surgery involves making a small cut over a ganglion cyst and removing both the cyst and its stem (or stalk).
A ganglion cyst is a round or oval shaped fluid filled lump that grows out of a joint or tendon lining. Ganglion cysts:
Ganglion cysts sometimes resolve on their own (come and go). They do not need treatment if they are not causing any problems. Your healthcare provider may recommend treatment of a cyst if it causes:
Surgery to remove a ganglion cyst involves your healthcare provider making a small cut over the cyst.
It has not been determined exactly what causes ganglion cysts. Some factors that may increase a person's risk include:
If you think you have a ganglion cyst, see your healthcare provider. He or she will take a medical history and perform a physical examination.
If your cyst is causing symptoms, your healthcare provider may refer you to a hand surgeon for further evaluation and treatment.
Often, ganglion cysts do not cause any problems or require any treatment. In those cases, a watch-and-wait approach is the usual recommendation. However, if a ganglion cyst is causing problems (i.e., pain or limitation of joint movement), your healthcare provider may recommend that you:
Do not try to pop a ganglion cyst or hit it with something heavy. Those actions are not likely to be effective and can lead to complications.
If symptoms persist, your healthcare provider may recommend a minor surgical procedure that involves removing the ganglion cyst and stem.
You will go home the day of your surgery.
Make an appointment with your healthcare provider if you have symptoms of a ganglion cyst.
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider:
Make sure you understand your treatment plan, possible alternatives and any medications that are recommended (including possible side effects).
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