What is a Ganglion Cyst?
A ganglion cyst is a lump or bump on the fingers, hand, or wrist. They form when irritation or inflammation of a tendon or joint causes a pouch of fluid to bulge out. Ganglion cysts are most commonly found on the back of the wrists, but they can be found anywhere on the hands or wrists. These cysts can sometimes increase or decrease in size and often cause pain or discomfort.
How do we treat it?
Many patients respond well to a trial of aspiration (removing fluid with a needle) and corticosteroid injections. These injections help soothe the inflammation surrounding the tendon and joint and some have complete relief of their symptoms. If symptoms recur or worsen, then surgery may be considered.
What is the surgery?
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Surgery for ganglion cysts involves making a small incision over the site of the cyst. The cyst is then found and removed. This is performed as "same-day-surgery" and total time spent in the hospital is typically only a few hours. That way, you can be back in the comfort of your own home quickly.