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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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How do you know when you need ganglion cyst removal?

How do you know when you need ganglion cyst removal?

Pain: Usually pain and discomfort are the major reasons for patients having these removed. ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst removal: indications, risks, alternatives?

Ganglion cyst removal: indications, risks, alternatives?

Variable: Pain, decreased motion or use of hand, insightly bulge. All are good indications. Depends on what you can tolerate. ...Read more

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Which type of anastasia is usually given for a ganglion cyst removal?

Which type of anastasia is usually given for a ganglion cyst removal?

Several types: In children we use general anesthesia. In adults it could be a regional block or local anesthesia. A lot depends on what you and your surgeon discuss with respect to degree of comfort, etc. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will i be off of work for a ganglion cyst removal?

Can someone tell me how long will i be off of work for a ganglion cyst removal?

Depends : Most ganglions are in your wrist. The usual time off from work is 7-10 days to allow the skin to heal. Some can return to work sooner if they don't us their hands too much, and can keep the wound dry. ...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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How long willit take to heal from ganglion cyst removal surgery?

Quick: Usually less than a week to recovery full functiion. Will need protected use for up to four weeks. ...Read more

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Is it okay to wear a sling after a ganglion cyst removal surgery?

Yes: Usually a sling isn't necessary. What you need is a wrist braces so that you do not bend your wrist until the ganglion has a chance to heal. They don't heal very fast so i would give it 6-8 weeks with the splint on all of the time and another month with the splint only if you are going to be using your hands a lot. ...Read more

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What type of anesthesia is usually given for a ganglion cyst removal?

What type of anesthesia is usually given for a ganglion cyst removal?

Depends on site: This can depend on the site and the surgeon's preference. In the lower limb many times this can be done under local anesthesia with sedation. Talk to your surgeon about specifics and any concerns you have preoperatively. ...Read more

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What happens after and during ganglion cyst removal the day of surgery?

Preparation: During surgery you will be asleep, if a child. The hand will be prepped antiseptically and draped. Small incision made in skin over the ganglion. Ganglion dissected out and the base of defect ligated and cyst excised. Skin closed. Wake up in recovery with ace wrap on wrist. Ace can be removed in 24 hours. Ad lib movement afterwards with no heavy lifting as discomfort allows. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to heal from ganglion cyst removal surgery?

It depends on where: Soft tissue surgery usually heals in about 3 weeks. With ganglions the location can cause this to vary. It is possible for the incision to heal but have a delay in restoration of full function depending on the tendon involved. ...Read more

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Is it possible to recovery fully and quickly after a ganglion cyst removal while caring for a 16 month old?

Is it possible to recovery fully and quickly after a ganglion cyst removal while caring for a 16 month old?

Protect with a cast: Yes. Typically recovery after an excision is 3-4 weeks. A good option is casting during the first three weeks (fingers free) which allows you to use the hand and minimizes the chance for recurrence. While in a cast you can fully use the hand, with minimal discomfort with the confidence that the surgical site is adequately protected. ...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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What is the recovery time for ganglion cyst removal on wrist?

What is the recovery time for ganglion cyst removal on wrist?

Splinting: Surgery requires a period of splinting post operatively usually 3 weeks to avoid the possibility of recurrence. ...Read more

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If I have ganglion cyst removal from wrist, scar causing problems?

If I have ganglion cyst removal from wrist, scar causing problems?

Not ususally: When a ganglion is removed from the wrist, if the wrist is not moved for a long time then it becomes stiff and as you start to move it the small scar stretches a little and may give you some pain. However, usually this is a minor surgery and the scar is not an issue though may be slightly prominent at times. ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst removal from wrist, scar causing problems, what to do?

Ganglion cyst removal from wrist, scar causing problems, what to do?

Reduce scar: Very often when removing a ganglion the incision that is used to open the tendon sheath becomes scared. The best approach in early post op period is to use warm soaks after the sutures are out. If the scar persists then intr scar kenalog (triamcinolone) is used which is a form of steroid that is not quickl absorbed from the site of injection working better than cortisone. ...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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Ganglion Cyst (Definition)

A benign growth that is typically filled with a thick, clear fluid and often arise from a joint capsule. The most common places they arise include the ...Read more