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A 49-year-old member asked:

the doc says i have ganglion cysts. what can be done to treat this?

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Dr. Kirpal Singh
General Surgery 24 years experience
Few options : In the past, people would literally "smash" the cyst with a big book, ie the bible. If done right it can work but cyst comes back. Also u could hurt something else in the process, not recommended. U need to c a surgeon to discuss aspiration, aspiration with injection or surgical excision.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Ganglion cysts usually do or don't need to be injected with medicine?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Yes: Most physcian inject steroid after aspiration of the gaglion cyst. Thank you.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are ganglion cysts and where located?

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Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Wrists, ankles, feet: Ganglions are benign outpouches of joint fluid usually found on the wrists , feet and ankles, where there is a lot of repetitive stress and motion. (they can be found elsewhere also). Hey are usually soft, gelly -like in consistency. When drained, ganglion fluid is a yellow - clear thick liquid that looks like honey. Many other lumps can grow in these regions so get checked out.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are ganglion cysts?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Fluid sack off joint: Joints are held together by ligaments and capsular tissue. These structures provide stability for the joint and keep the synovial fluid in place. Sometimes a small opening will develope in the capsule/ligament complex, allowing fluid to escape the joint. The body walls this fluid off in a membranous cyst. They get bigger and smaller because the communicate with the joint. They are often painless.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What are ganglion cysts and how are they treated?

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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Sack of fluid: A ganglion cyst is a sack of fluid, usually from a joint capsule or tendon sheath. These are benign growths that rarely cause pain. Initial treatment is with ice, immobilization and nsaid's. Cysts that are still symptomatic after treatment or those that are very large can be surgically removed. Aspiration or drainage of these cysts is rarely sucessful. See a board certified orthopaedic hand doc.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What causes ganglion cysts to get bigger?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Shady Macaron
General Surgery 20 years experience
Movement: Ganglion cyst has been thought to derive from from tendon sheaths and joints due to there close proximity. Therefore it was noted that the size of the cyst may vary with time and increase after activity. I hope that this answered your question.

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