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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

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 surgery to remove a ganglion in my wrist and also trigger thumb surgery18 days ago. Still in pain cannot put pressure on wrist is this normal?

I had surgery to remove a ganglion in my wrist and also trigger thumb surgery18 days ago. Still in pain cannot put pressure on wrist is this normal?

Ask your surgeon.: If your pain is not improving or getting worse, you certainly should ask your surgeon what you should expect from a pain point of view. If it is slowly improving, you may need to just have more patience. Certainly worth a question of your surgeon. Good luck. ...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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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 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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What does a ganglion cyst on the thumb look like?

What does a ganglion cyst on the thumb look like?

Swelling: Ganglion cysts of the thumb arise from the synovium of one of the joints of the thumb. This can be the mp joint, ip joint or cmc joint, they are swollen tense cystic masses usually on the dorsum of the joint. Ganglions of the ip joint can also cause nail deformities. If painful or symptomatic seek care of a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Can you have a ganglion cyst on bottom of wrist under thumb? Co-worker has hard bump that hurts and that comes and goes.

Can you have a ganglion cyst on bottom of wrist under thumb? Co-worker has hard bump that hurts and that comes and goes.

Yes: You can certainly have a ganglion cyst located in that region. This would more than likely be associated with the tendon sheath that helps move the thumb in toward the palm (flexion). These are easily treated but should be examined by a hand surgeon to make sure it is nothing else other than a typical cyst. ...Read more

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6yrs ago, I had a ganglion cyst from overuse (left wrist, near the thumb)- it burst. I still can't put pressure on my wrist when it is bent (painful).

6yrs ago, I had a ganglion cyst from overuse (left wrist, near the thumb)- it burst. I still can't put pressure on my wrist when it is bent (painful).

Wrangling Wrist Pain: Anatomically, wrist pain due to a ganglion cyst is thought to be related to a distension of the lining of the joint or the surface of the bone itself due to fluid accumulation under pressure. Pain may recur after surgery due to inflammation in the joint, synovium, or the bone itself. The simple fact you had one means some force affected your anatomy to respond with a cyst. Change your activity. ...Read more

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Small round hard like bone lump at base of wrist (palm side) thumb side. Doesn't hurt, could it be ganglion cyst? It is hard like a bone though

Small round hard like bone lump at base of wrist (palm side) thumb side. Doesn't hurt, could it be ganglion cyst? It is hard like a bone though

Maybe: These cysts can be very hard. They are typically removed by a hand specialist ortho, general surgery, or plastics. Ask your primary care provider if a referral is appropriate. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I felt a pop between my thumb & index finger 4 days ago and have had constant, severe pain in veins in hand, wrist since, similar to ganglion cyst leak?

Needs to be checked: You need to get it checked by your doctor to find out what is going on and get appropriate therapy/treatment. ...Read more

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How complicated is carpal tunnel surgery, ganglion cyst, and trigger finger. All at one time?

How complicated is carpal tunnel surgery, ganglion cyst, and trigger finger. All at one time?

More than one at tim: But there is no set "how" or amount. It is a great subject to talk about INDIVIDALLY with a surgeon if that is what someone is seeking. Much depends upon how severe each problem is by itself, how healthy the person is, age general health, risks vs benfits of doing it all at once vs having more than one trip to the OR. Where the ganglion is ie the finger near the trigger or somewhere else. ...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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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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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 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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Can you tell me about the ganglion cyst surgery procedure?

Can you tell me about the ganglion cyst surgery procedure?

Excision: Involves excision of the cyst dissecting it free from the surrounding tissues. Most important factor to prevent recurrence is to completely remove the neck of the ganglion that extends down into the joint. Surgery is usually done under iv regional block or general anesthetic, in some cases local can be an option. Post immobilization for 2-3 weeks reduces recurrence rate. ...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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Trigger Thumb (Definition)

-Otis of the thumb flexor. There is swelling that forms a problem for it 2 glide thu the confining pulley. Since the flexor is much stronger than the extensor, when U flex the thumb the swollen part is able 2 B pulled thru the pulley, but when U try 2 extend it feels locked, but then pops thru the pulley, & hence the name trigger thumb. U feel the snap ...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