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What post-operative care do you recommend after open excision of dorsal wrist ganglion once 2-week splint is removed?

What post-operative care do you recommend after open excision of dorsal wrist ganglion once 2-week splint is removed?

Varies: Varies somewhat based upon the size of the soft tissue dissection required; but in general we begin progressive range of motion exercises to reduce the likelihood of developing a lot of stiffness postoperatively. Don't hesitate to discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

Ganglion (Definition)

Commonly associated with trauma or arthritis the joint capsule becomes stretched. As the body produces additional synovial fluid to lubricate the joint the loosened joint capsule stretches and fills with fluid...The gnaglion. As the body produces more or less the size of the ganglion will fluctuate. Best ...Read more


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Can I drain a dorsal wrist ganglion on my own?

Can I drain a dorsal wrist ganglion on my own?

Don't recommend it: Ganglions are filled with a thick jelly like fluid similar to joint fluid. They can sometimes be drained with a needle, but you usually need a large gauge needle to be able to suck out the fluid. Hard to do without local anesthesia. You hit it with a book, but hard to know how hard to hit it and not possibly injure yourself. ...Read more

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Dorsal wrist ganglion. How to drain it myself?

Dorsal wrist ganglion. How to drain it myself?

Be careful...: Ganglion cysts used to be called "bible cysts" or "dictionary cysts." if you hit these cysts hard enough, they can occasionally rupture. However, I have seen two bad situations arise from these attempted home remedies--one patient sustained a wrist fracture, while another suffered a tendon injury. See your local hand surgeon for appropriate treatment! ...Read more

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When one will completely become able to start his fitness training after a dorsal ganglion cyst excision?

When one will completely become able to start his fitness training after a dorsal ganglion cyst excision?

Exercise at the surgery: I recommend starting on a slow and gradually increase exercise regimen. Using an elliptical trainer, biking, or swimming would be a good initial regimen that you can gradually increase as tolerated. ...Read more

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I had a dorsal wrist ganglion aspirated yesterday. The doc recommended splinting the wrist for 3 weeks which seems excessive. Should I do less than 3?

I had a dorsal wrist ganglion aspirated yesterday. The doc recommended splinting the wrist for 3 weeks which seems excessive. Should I do less than 3?

Speak to your DR: Most of the doctors will not put for 3 wks, ask your doctor advised as you may you have other problems besides ganglion for 3 wk immobilization speak to your doctor. ...Read more

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Day 4 post-op ganglion removal on dorsal wrist hand tingly and swollen. . dressing and ACE band comes off today What to do?

Day 4 post-op ganglion removal on dorsal wrist hand tingly and swollen. . dressing and ACE band comes off today What to do?

FIRST contact your: Surgeon.
if today is a follow up day make sure you do so.
Tightening bandages, failure to ice and elevate, failure to move fingers if permitted, channeled to swelling and in turn tingling. Even so swelling can occur anyway despite doing these things. Your surgeonmay even tel you to loosen the badge a bit BUT

The most important thing is to contact your surgeon. If you can't seek help elsewhere ...Read more

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3 days post Ganglion Cyst removal dorsal wrist hand & fingers feel tingly & are swollen? ACE band & dressing come off tomorrow What to do?

3 days post Ganglion Cyst removal dorsal wrist hand & fingers feel tingly & are swollen? ACE band & dressing come off tomorrow What to do?

Keep area clean&dry: Call the surgeon tomorrow and ask to come in to get it rewrapped if they feel it's necessary. They may allow you to keep it open if it's clean and not showing signs of redness or inflammation. ...Read more

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Hand surgery: What is the most effective way to rid my index finger knuckle of a ganglion cyst besides draining or excision? Is radio frequency used?

Hand surgery: What is the most effective way to rid my index finger knuckle of a ganglion cyst besides draining or excision? Is radio frequency used?

Treatments: For ganglion cysts can be conservative and surgical. Radio frequency can be used as well as natural methods and medications. Many patients will have their cysts dissolve without ever needing surgical intervention. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Thought I had a ganglion cyst on the back of left wrist it wasn't it is causing pain & discomfort what could it be?

Thought I had a ganglion cyst on the back of left wrist it wasn't it is causing pain & discomfort what could it be?

Fracture: Could be a slight fracture of one of the wrist bones with callus formation as it is healing. ...Read more

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I have a ganglion cyst on my wrist! It burst but might be coming back, do you think it would?

I have a ganglion cyst on my wrist! It burst but might be coming back, do you think it would?

Yes: If it is in fact a ganglion cyst, which arises from a joint, most often the wrist, it may rupture or be drained, but they usually eventually return. The most effective way to permanently get rid of it is with a minor surgical procedure to excise it down at its origin near the joint space. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about ganglion cyst on the underside of the wrist and had surgery to remove it only to have it come back on the top side of the wrist?

Common: This is not the same cyst. There are approx. Ten small bones in the wrist. Each of them have a synovial capsule that could rupture and produce a ganglion cyst on the undersurface or top surface of the wrist. Ask your doctor if your activity or use of wrist is promoting this kind of formation. ...Read more

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There's no visible growth but in the middle of my wrist its like I can't bend my hand fully back because something's there, been weeks, ganglion cyst?

Wrist issues-? Lump: Did you fall or were you in an accident and injured the hand recently. Ganglions are the commonest tumor in the hand and may present or become visible later. Patients may have symptoms similar to what you describe. Some smaller lesions can be diagnosed by scans. See a hand surgeon for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a ganglion cyst in my wrist and it has come back. However this time is much more painfull when their is certain movements I do. What can I do?

Surgery: Ganglion cysts emanate from the joint and can cause pain with movement. Surgical excision removes not only the cyst but the stalk from which it communicates with the wrist joint. This is the best chance to have a low recurrence rate. ...Read more

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I have a bump about the size of a marble on the back of my left hand, at my wrist. I had it checked out. We thought it was a ganglion cyst but it wasn't that. What could it be?

I have a bump about the size of a marble on the back of my left hand, at my wrist. I had it checked out. We thought it was a ganglion cyst but it wasn't that. What could it be?

Boss: The top two diagnoses for bumps on the top of the hand are ganglion cyst and carpometacarpal boss. How do you know that it isn't a ganglion cyst? If you are certain, I would refer you to a health care professional for a diagnosis. Carpometacarpal bosses are small bone spurs or outgrowths from the corresponding joint. If they are painless, observation is recommended. ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst 3 yrs back of wrist very large, burst on its own, there is swelling and discolor & unusual type of sac below cyst, hand weak & tingling?

Ganglion cyst 3 yrs back of wrist very large, burst on its own, there is swelling and discolor & unusual type of sac below cyst, hand weak & tingling?

Follow up: Ganglion cysts of the wrist can occasional cause problems such as bursting, pain, and swelling. When they cause neurologic problems such as weakness of the extremity, it is best to see an orthopedic specialist for further evaluation and management. All the best. ...Read more

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I had a ganglion on back of my hand that hurt my wrist. Pressure on my wrist accidentally burst it. It's gone but wrist is still sore. Should I worry?

I had a ganglion on back of my hand that hurt my wrist. Pressure on my wrist accidentally burst it. It's gone but wrist is still sore. Should I worry?

Not yet.: Wrist ganglions are benign bulges of joint fluid like a bulge on a tire. The can come and go on their own. They hurt because of pinching of deep sensory nerves and taking up some space. Neither are worrisome. If the mass gets big enough it can be aspirated but it may come back. ...Read more

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The ganglion cyst has come back in the wrist still small but very sore. 5-6 pain scale. Could it be pressin on muscle. Do I call pcp?

The ganglion cyst has come back in the wrist still small but very sore. 5-6 pain scale. Could it be pressin on muscle. Do I call pcp?

Yes: Ganglion cysts that are painful and enlarging should be seen by your md. Most common location is the wrist and can be painful from tendon irritation or being " pinched" in the joint w/ motion. An ors can excise if pain continues. Needle aspiration/ injection can provide temporary (usually) relief. ...Read more

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A ganglion cyst that was popped in my hand 3 months ago is back. What is te next course of treatment?

A ganglion cyst that was popped in my hand 3 months ago is back. What is te next course of treatment?

Surgery: Drainage of a ganglion cyst tends to have a pretty high rate of recurrence. If the cyst is causing symptoms such as pain or discomfort, I think surgery is the way to go. It's a fairly minor procedure that can be done in less than an hour as an outpatient procedure. Recurrence rates are much lower after surgery. ...Read more

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Had surgery 2wks ago to remove ganglion from back of hand. Stitches were removed last week now have bump where cyst was. What is the bump from?

Had surgery 2wks ago to remove ganglion from back of hand. Stitches were removed last week now have bump where cyst was. What is the bump from?

Several possibilitie: Could be several things: 1) inflammatory residual, which should go down in time, use ice pack or moist heat, whichever helps more), 2) Local infection, but redness and warmth would be characteristics. If that's the case antibiotics might be needed. 3) Problem with the surgery, less likely, but would necessitate follow up with the surgeon ...Read more

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I was supposed to have surgery on my right hand because of a ganglion cyst but the MRI came back and the cyst is gone but I still have a lot of pain.

I was supposed to have surgery on my right hand because of a ganglion cyst but the MRI came back and the cyst is gone but I still have a lot of pain.

You have pain: So, you don't have a cyst. You do have pain. Gather the details of where your pain is, what else occurs with it (such as numbness, with location), what activates the pain and then continue the pursuit of a cause. Is your pain only in your hand or do you have other pains also? If so, where else do you have pain? The number and types of other pain conditions will tell you also about your hand. ...Read more

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I have a ganglion on my wrist. What kind of medicine should l use.?

No medicine: No medicine will help a ganglion cyst. If the process is a ganglion cyst, surgery is the only effective therapy. Please confirm with your physician. ...Read more

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Can wraps prevent wrist ganglion cysts?

A splint or wrap: Will not prevent a ganglion but it could prevent motion and there are times that increased wrist motion leads to a ganglion getting larger in size. Wrist motion may push fluid into the ganglion. ...Read more

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What does a ganglion cyst on my wrist mean?

What does a ganglion cyst on my wrist mean?

Joint fluid hernia..: Ganglion cysts are filled with joint fluid, usually from one of the wrist joints, that has been expressed from the joint to form a cyst under the skin. They are usually associated with a weak area of the joint capsule. They can be removed if symptomatic, but have a tendency to recur even after complete removal. Also, there may still be pain after removal of the cyst. See a hand surgeon. ...Read more