Ganglion cysts are sacs of fluid that can form around joints and tendon sheaths as a result of irritation or trauma. They are not cancerous but can cause discomfort for some. Ganglion cyst excision is an effective solution for treating ganglion cyst symptoms.
What is Ganglion Cyst Excision?
Ganglion cyst excision involves removing the cyst as well as the root or stalk of the ganglion. Local anesthesia will be used to numb the treatment area, and then an incision will be created near the cyst. The cyst and stalk will be excised using special surgical tools, and then stitches will be used to close the incision site.
It is important to note that even following excision, there is a small chance that the ganglion cyst may return.
Ganglion Cyst Excision Recovery
Ganglion cyst excision is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that you can return home following surgery to recover. Tenderness, swelling, and mild discomfort are to be expected. Most people can return to regular activities, 2-6 weeks after this procedure. You will be encouraged to move your wrist and fingers soon after surgery, and you may benefit from physical therapy until you can move your wrist normally. Be sure to follow the aftercare instructions given to you by your surgeon to ensure the best possible outcomes.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about ganglion cyst excision surgery, please contact Neaman Hand Surgery for your personal consultation. We welcome hand surgery patients from the greater Portland, Salem, and Eugene, Oregon areas.