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What to do about a swollen wrist cyst?

What to do about a swollen wrist cyst?

Various: Most cysts that come from the wrist reflect a small amount of damage to the wrist joint. They swell up when the wrist swells from increased use or trauma. They can be aspirated (sucked out), left alone, or removed. There is always a chance that it will come back, since there is underlying damage to the wrist. Depending on the location, there is a very small chance of something more serious. ...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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Can you tell me about experience with wrist cysts?

Can you tell me about experience with wrist cysts?

Ganglion Cyst: I assume you are asking about a ganglion cyst, which commonly occurs on the dorsum of the wrist. The cheapest, most effective treatment is to rupture the cy"st by striking it sharply with a heavy book. The cyst will rupture, and in many cases will not recur. If it does, it's easy to "retreat." You can find a number of demonstrations on YouTube by googling Ganglion Cyst Treatment Book." ...Read more

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What is the normal recovery time after wrist cyst removal?

What is the normal recovery time after wrist cyst removal?

3weeks: Recommend 3 weeks of immobilization to avoid recurrence of a ganglion cyst after surgery. Then may require a period of time to regain normal range of motion. Some swelling may persist for up to 4 months. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a wrist cyst and how are they formed?

How do I get rid of a wrist cyst and how are they formed?

Depends: A wrist cyst is usually a ganglion. Some recommend aspiration as an initial treatment. If it recurs then it can be surgically excised. ...Read more

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Is it weird to go to the doctor for two problems? I have a possible wrist cyst that hurts a lot but I also have muscle problems or spurrs in my ankle

Is it weird to go to the doctor for two problems? I have a possible wrist cyst that hurts a lot but I also have muscle problems or spurrs in my ankle

Not at all: Lacey, Family Medicine or Internal Medicine doctors are used to handling multiple issues at once. Their job is to care for a spectrum of problems. While a specialist may just handle one problem at a time, feel free to mention your multiple issues to your primary care doctor. Hope this helps! ...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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Cyst under arm and pilonidal cyst, swollen glands everywhere,rash on wrist,weight loss,and dizziness and general feeling unwell. What could this be?

Cyst under arm and pilonidal cyst, swollen glands everywhere,rash on wrist,weight loss,and dizziness and general feeling unwell. What could this be?

Many symptoms: Please make an appointment to see your doctor. A medical history will be taken and complete physical exam done. Once done appropriate management will be started or you might be referred to a specialist. ...Read more

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I'm assuming what I have is a ganglion cyst on my wrist. The only problem I have is that I can't wear my watch. It's about 1/2 in in diameter. Is it necessary to get it removed? Will having it cause damage to my nerves or tendons?

I'm assuming what I have is a ganglion cyst on my wrist. The only problem I have is that I can't wear my watch. It's about 1/2 in in diameter. Is it necessary to get it removed? Will having it cause damage to my nerves or tendons?

Yes: A ganglion does not need to b removed unless it is symptomatic.. If you can not wear a watch then I would suggest removal. Removal should not cause damage to nerves or motor nerves ...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