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Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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I had a ganglion cyst behind my knee about the size of a golf ball, removed by surgery due to nerve pain. It is already back. Now what do I do?

Bakery's cyst: You are describing a bakers cyst which is similar to a ganglion, but not of the wrist. All ganglion have a certain rate of recurrence. If it is bothersome go back to your original surgeon and discuss options. ...Read more

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How is a ganglion cyst on the knee dianosed and treated?

How is a ganglion cyst on the knee dianosed and treated?

MRI: While you can palate a fluid filled bump near the joint line, the definitive technique is MRI. ultrasound would be OK too if you have a talented technician ...Read more

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My sister has got ganglion cyst on her knee joint. How is this typically treated?

Depends: Ganglion cysts (also known as Baker's Cysts) are synovial cysts of the knee joint. In most cases they are treated conservatively. In cases where they are very large they can be drained but often recur. Very large cysts are best excised in very rare circumstances ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my sister has got ganglion cyst on her knee joint. How can this be treated?

What do you suggest if my sister has got ganglion cyst on her knee joint. How can this be treated?

Only if painful: Ganglion cysts are fluid filled structures usually associated with a joint. The wrist is most commonly involved but any joint can be affected. If not bothersome, no treatment may be needed. Causes of knee cyst include inflammation, meniscal injuries, bursitis and tendinitis, or ligament injury. Large cysts behind the knee can affect circulation. If bothersome get it checked out. ...Read more

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Dr. Diagnosis ganglion cyst. It is 4" diam, and 4 inches BELOW knee on tibia. No pain. Correct dx? Ok to run? Workout? Thought these were on joints and small

Dr. Diagnosis ganglion cyst. It is 4" diam, and 4 inches BELOW knee on tibia. No pain. Correct dx? Ok to run? Workout? Thought these were on joints and small

Possible: There cases of subperiosta (basically along the bone)l ganglionic cysts of the tibia. This is quite large and you may want to consider a second opinion from an orthopedic surgeon. Have you had any imaging of the lesion? ...Read more

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I have a cyst in my left knee close to the medial meniscus. There is no meniscus tear (confirmed via MRI & arthroscopy). Could it be a ganglion cyst?

I have a cyst in my left knee close to the medial meniscus. There is no meniscus tear (confirmed via MRI & arthroscopy). Could it be a ganglion cyst?

Meniscus cyst: The location you have mentioned is more likely to be a cyst of the meniscus. A ganglion cyst of the joint is possible but knee is a very uncommon location for it. ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst surgery recovery- advice please?

Ganglion cyst surgery recovery- advice please?

B sure U C a hand..: ...surgeon 4 removal if that's where it's located. After surgery U may have a splint 4 a week, & then U gradually work into Ur daily routine. Takes 4-6 wks 4 complete healing. No sports or heavy use until U have ROM back as well as strength. Don't push it, Ur hand stays with U all Ur life, so a couple months of being careful will get U the best result. ...Read more

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Will I be admitted after my ganglion cyst surgery?

Will I be admitted after my ganglion cyst surgery?

No: This is performed as an outpatient procedure in a surgery center or hospital. ...Read more

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Which is better for ganglion cyst. Surgery or aspiration?

Which is better for ganglion cyst. Surgery or aspiration?

Ganglion cyst: Try aspiration first with injection of kenalog, (triamcinolone) use surgery as a last resort. ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst on instep keeps reoccurring. Dangerous to ignore? Surgery only option?

Ganglion: It does sound like you have had prior treatment. When these recur repeatedly surgery may be the option. Drainage and pressure frequently work. See you podiatrist for help ...Read more

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I have carpal tunnel and ganglion cyst. Do I need surgery?

I have carpal tunnel and ganglion cyst. Do I need surgery?

Both depend: On severity and most of the time does not require surgery. I would advise to be eval by rheumatologist or hand surgeon first and decide if conservative (wrist splint, medicine, physical therapy, injection) vs surgery. ...Read more

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Can you remove a ganglion cyst on the top side of your hand without surgery?

Can you remove a ganglion cyst on the top side of your hand without surgery?

Yes: Ganglion cysts on the top side (non-palm side) of the hand can be removed through an aspiration procedure. This is a simple office procedure where a needle is introduced into the ganglion cyst and its contents are aspirated. However, the risk of recurrence following an aspiration procedure is very high--as high as 75-80%. Consider the risks of recurrence when deciding on treatment options. ...Read more

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I have a dorsal ganglion cyst on my wrist. It is not painful but is it safe to get removed? Any complications/scaring wit surgery for this?

I have a dorsal ganglion cyst on my wrist. It is not painful but is it safe to get removed? Any complications/scaring wit surgery for this?

Try aspiration first: Ganglions are common benign cysts in the hand/wrist. You should have a doctor exam to confirm. I tell my patients who have pain-free cysts to monitor them. Cysts can go away on their own. If they becomes much larger, painful, or limit function, we can perform an aspiration procedure in the office (needle drainage). Surgery is successful for removal the majority of the time with few complications. ...Read more

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What will happen to me during a ganglion cyst removal surgery?

What will happen to me during a ganglion cyst removal surgery?

Another option: Arthroscopic-assisted ganglion excision is minimally invasive, relatively painless, and has a lower reported recurrence rate. Typically performed under general anethesia, and through small portals, the ganglion stalk can be visualized and excised with precision instrumentation. The cyst can then be decompressed through an accessory portal. Local anesthesia is placed over the portal sites. ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst removal surgery: is it safe?

Ganglion cyst removal surgery: is it safe?

Yes: But you must remember nothing is 100 %. The simplest of procedures can have complications. ...Read more

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Should I get surgery or a second aspiration for my ganglion cyst?

Should I get surgery or a second aspiration for my ganglion cyst?

If it bothers you: The only indication (reason) to be treated for a ganglion with surgery or aspiration is if it bothers you. ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst surgery 2/2015. Still have quite a bit of pain in base of thumb (site surgery) it's been 5 months. Why still pain?

Ganglion cyst surgery 2/2015. Still have quite a bit of pain in base of thumb (site surgery) it's been 5 months. Why still pain?

Hand surgeon: This question is best answered by your surgeon who performed the procedure during which superficial nerves were probably disturbed and are very slow to grow back. I'm sure the surgeon will want to examine your hand if you're having so much discomfort 5 months later. ...Read more

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How common is it after a ganglion cyst surgery not being able to move the wrist forward more than 30 degrees 9 weeks after surgery?

How common is it after a ganglion cyst surgery not being able to move the wrist forward more than 30 degrees 9 weeks after surgery?

Stiffness: It sounds like you may have stiffness secondary to a wrist contracture. You probably need to return to your surgeon for a re-evaluation and possibly a occupational therapy script. ...Read more

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I had a very painful ganglion cyst for a year. 1 week before surgery it ruptured on its own. Will I be able to still get surgery to remove the stem?

I had a very painful ganglion cyst for a year. 1 week before surgery it ruptured on its own. Will I be able to still get surgery to remove the stem?

Ask your doc...: How has the ruptured cyst evolved over the past week? If getting better slowly and surely, give time & patience. Meanwhile, ask your surgeon for specific detail and expectation. Best wish to health... ...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?

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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Ganglion cyst wrist surgery swelling. How to reduce this?

Ganglion cyst wrist surgery swelling. How to reduce this?

Scar massage: Swelling following surgery is quite common. Stiffness is also a common complaint. Physical therapy (or hand therapy) can be beneficial in improving wrist motion and swelling. Scar massage and desensitization exercises can be helpful to reduce swelling and sensitivity. ...Read more

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Can I have my ganglion cyst surgery tomorrow if I have a stuffy nose?

Can I have my ganglion cyst surgery tomorrow if I have a stuffy nose?

May B ok: U need 2 contact ur surgeon right away and inform him/her about ur condition. Ganglion surgery is done with out general anesthetic, so u may b ok. Call now don't show up ; surprise the surgeon. This could screw up the entire surgery schedule if u r canceled. ...Read more

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Knee Surgery (Definition)

Knee surgery may be done for congenital, traumatic or degenerative causes. Arthroscopy is a common method for treating cartilage and ligament problems. Open surgeries are commonly performed for fractures. Knee joint replacement may be done in (usually) older individuals with knee joint arthritis that impairs their daily function and which is not ...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