A 19-year-old female asked:
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reoccurring ganglion cyst what would a doctor reccomend?

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Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Ganglion cyst: Usually on the dorsal surface of the wrist. In the "old" days used to smash it with a Bible. There is a high recurrence risk. So I would go to a hand orthopedist who might open up the wrist and excise that part of the tendon sheath.
Answered on Mar 22, 2016
Dr. Steven Ferguson
34 years experience General Practice
Orthopedic Dr.: 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 Jul 8, 2016
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
34 years experience Hand Surgery
Recurrent ganglions: that are problematic can be excised. The key word is problematic as they are benign and not harmful and if there are no issues, no pain, no nerve irritation , no discomfort, having a ganglion is not a reason to need surgery. having a ganglion that bothers you can be a reason to have surgical excision, but many have ganglions that are not symptom causing and have them for years.
Answered on Jul 30, 2016

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When?: When you've had enough of the pain. Should always consider getting evaluated to be sure that nothing more sinister is causing the pain.

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