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how to drain a ganglion cyst at home?

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
34 years experience Hand Surgery
Draining a ganglion: Is simple if you are trained to do it . Don't let the seemingly simple way in which an experienced surgeon addresses these fool you. Complications including infection, bleeding nerve and tendon irritation joint swelling all can occur if you don't know what you are doing. Better not to rely on luck and let it be a simple procedure in the hands of someone skilled.
Answered on Nov 3, 2017
Dr. Zahid Niazi
38 years experience Cosmetic Surgery
DIY not recommended: Medical procedures are not recommended as diys. Needling a volar wrist ganglion even by non-hand surgeons is fraught with danger as one of the main arteries to the hand and it's vena commitantes are commonly entwined with the ganglion and can easily be damaged.
Answered on Feb 27, 2019
Dr. Steven Ferguson
34 years experience General Practice
Don't try it: There are not many problems associated with the wrists short of bony abnormalities. One common problem that can occur at the level of the wrists or coming from any joint is called a ganglion cyst. Ganglion cysts are not usually associated with much pain or discomfort until they become large. They extends from the joint space. It's, like blowing up a tiny balloon from between your knuckles. These often bust when a person bumps them. They will reoccur unless they are surgically tied off. I suggest you see an orthopedic surgeon to further assess and evaluate.
Answered on Oct 20, 2016

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