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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

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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Is it okay for your hand to be numb after ganglion cyst surgery?

Is it okay for your hand to be numb after ganglion cyst surgery?

Depends for how long: Depending on the location of your ganglion cyst, it's possible that some sensory nerve branches may have been stretched, causing a temporary numbness. It is not a common occurrence, but it could happen. It should be temporary. You should discuss this issue with your 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 work at a very hands on job with a lot of lifting and wrist movement. If I have surgery to jave a ganglion cyst removed can I go right back to work?

I work at a very hands on job with a lot of lifting and wrist movement. If I have surgery to jave a ganglion cyst removed can I go right back to work?

No: You will need to take some time off or shift to a less strenuous position until you wounds heal and you motion and strength returns.
This time frame is from 2 to 6 weeks on average. ...Read more

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I had carpal tunnel surgery with removal of ganglion cyst 1 month still having a great deal of pain, heat and swelling in my hand. Normal?

No not normal: There are four main signs of inflammation: pain, heat, redness, and swelling. Those are signs that the immune system is activated. After a surgery there can be inflammation and it's normal for a few days. If it is present a month later it is concerning that there is either infection, or some kind of immune activation. It's worth getting it checked out right away by your surgeon. ...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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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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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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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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Tingling in pinky finger 1 week post op from ganglion cyst surgery what can I do to relieve this?

Tingling in pinky finger 1 week post op from ganglion cyst surgery what can I do to relieve this?

Tingling: If this is in the same finger as the ganglion there may have been pressure on the nerve or need for the nerve to be handled but the otherwise may simply be swelling in the finger. ...Read more

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@10 Pain in wrist from Ganglion Cyst no visible unless wrist is flexed f/w would surgery be an option? Unbearable pain at times Surgery or Drainage?

@10 Pain in wrist from Ganglion Cyst no visible unless wrist is flexed f/w would surgery be an option? Unbearable pain at times Surgery or Drainage?

Injection: Always try the conservative measures first. Draining it can work however it may come back. Talk to ur doctor about this ...Read more

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How long before I may return to work after ganglion cyst surgery on my wrist?

How long before I may return to work after ganglion cyst surgery on my wrist?

Most return in few: Days to a few weeks. Though the exact size, location of the cysts and other issues in the wrist such as arthritis, underlying ligament and capsular issues and even how and why the ganglion was removed can play a role.
Talk to your surgeon regarding you. Though rare, there are times when therapy is needed to get moving. And a splint while it helps may need to be weaned sooner.. ..No one answer! ...Read more

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How to reduce pain from sore wrist after ganglion cyst surgery? Had surgery July 10 2014

Non steroidals: At only 5 days postop, you should expect to still have some discomfort. Ice might help but Aleve (naproxen) or Motrin should help at this point. If you feel that your pain is beyond what you were told to expect, you should check with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I had ganglion cyst wrist surgery 3 weeks ago, how much longer will I have pain when I move my wrist. I hurts when I take splint off and move it.

I had ganglion cyst wrist surgery 3 weeks ago, how much longer will I have pain when I move my wrist. I hurts when I take splint off and move it.

Most pain: Dissipates in a few weeks. Though the exact size, location of the cysts and other issues in the wrist such as arthritis, underlying ligament and capsular issues and even how and why the ganglion was removed can play a role.
Talk to yiour surgeon regarding your scenario. Though rare, there are times when therapy is needed to get moving. And a splint while it helps may need to be weaned sooner. ...Read more

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Hello, I have what I fully believe to be a ganglion cyst on top of my wrist. Surgery and needles are not an option for me, is it safe to use the book?

Hello, I have what I fully believe to be a ganglion cyst on top of my wrist. Surgery and needles are not an option for me, is it safe to use the book?

Book Smarts.: Safe or not, that technique has worked for many a person, including myself, for many years. In time, however. The book slap be came non effective and I had to resort to excision. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w/ganglion cyst on wrist 9/16/13 had 2 return in 6 wks. It has been recently hurting. Surgery? What to do? Not returned since hist: htn & pcos

Diagnosed w/ganglion cyst on wrist 9/16/13 had 2 return in 6 wks. It has been recently hurting. Surgery? What to do? Not returned since hist: htn & pcos

Surgery: Ganglions are cysts arising from the membrane surrounding your wrist joint. They are notorious for recurring if not excised completely. A trained hand surgeon can remove them with a short procedure. Even after surgery they can recur but rarely do. All other methods of removal (including the traditional: hitting them with a big book) have unacceptably high recurrence rates. ...Read more

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2-in ganglion cyst removed, inner left wrist 11/29 wrapped around tendon. Still red sore bruising down the middle, worried? 2nd surgery, 3 more cysts

2-in ganglion cyst removed, inner left wrist 11/29 wrapped around tendon. Still red sore bruising down the middle, worried? 2nd surgery, 3 more cysts

More surgery: Some times these ganglion cyst are not seperate from the synovial membrane of the wrist joint. I alwaya recommend and closure of the synovial memrane when I see the communication, injection of cortisone isome times helpn that area. ...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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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 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

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