What is a Ganglion Cyst?

Ganglion cysts are lumps that most commonly appear along the tenons or joints of the wrist or hands, though they may also occur in the ankles and feet. They are fluid-filled cysts that are not cancerous and are in most cases, harmless. However, If the cyst is causing discomfort, affects function, or you are bothered by how it looks, there are treatment options available.

While it is not known what triggers the formation of ganglion cysts, they are most common in females between the ages of 15 and 40. They are also common among those who repeatedly apply stress to the wrist.

The most common symptoms of a ganglion cyst include:

  • A visible lump.
  • Pain or discomfort.
  • Tingling or muscle weakness.

Treatment Options

To diagnose a ganglion cyst, your doctor will perform a physical examination, and may also have you undergo imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI scans, or ultrasounds to rule out other conditions such as arthritis of the hand or wrist or a bone tumor.

Non-Surgical Treatment Options

Ganglion cysts are often painless and do not require treatment. However, if the cyst is causing pain, wearing a brace or splint may keep the joint still for a time to keep the cyst from moving. Draining the cyst may also temporarily help with discomfort, though the cyst may come back.

Surgical Treatment

Surgery may be an option if non-surgical treatments are not effective. The ganglion cyst will be removed with an excision, which removes the cyst as well as the stalk from which the cyst comes. Excision is often an outpatient procedure, which means that you can return home after surgery to heal.

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To learn more about non-operative and surgical treatments for ganglion cysts, please contact Neaman Hand Surgery for your personal consultation. We welcome hand surgery patients from the greater Portland, Salem, and Eugene, Oregon, areas.

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