Should I get the aspiration for my ganglion cyst or try to smash it myself?

Depends. If it doesn't bother you than just leave it alone. If it does then let your doc try an aspriation. I don't recommend smashing them.
See doctor. Usually need surgery to remove sac of cyst to get rid of permanently. Aspiration can reduce size, though it may recur. Same with smashing it, but with the risk of injuring yourself. Whatever you choose to do, think it through first. If you break skin, run risk of infection also, so should be done in sterile setting.
Aspiration. Smashing it rarely works and is usually painful whether it works or not. Aspiration works to drain the cyst, but it is highly likely to return. The best treatment with the least chance for it to return is surgical excision.

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

I advice surgery. The best option after that to have surgery. Thanks. Read more...
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...
Depends. Depends how painful the procedure is. Sometimes the ganglion cyst will not recurr after aspiration. May be worth it to try it once or twice. Read more...
Depends... The cyst has 90% chance of recurrence. In your case, this has occurred. Chances are very good that it will reoccur again if same steps are repeated. Thus, if it is symptomatic enough to do something about, have it surgically removed. Read more...

Should I get a second aspiration of my ganglion cyst?

No. Aspiration of ganglion cysts has a low success rate, if the first aspiration was unsuccessful i would not recommend a second attempt. If the ganglion is symptomatic surgery for excision would be the next recommendation. Seek the advice of a hand surgeon. Read more...

How many times should I get aspiration done on my ankle ganglion cyst so that it won't reoccur?

Done. If it reoccurs after one attempt, it is very unlikely that aspiration alone will be a permanent fix. If it is painful, consider having it surgically excised. Read more...
1-2. If the size of the ganglion does not appear to be improving each time, it is probably time to pull the plug and have it removed. These cysts are notorious for recurring after aspiration, and a proper excision will identify the source, and close it off. I have found if success has not been reached after 1 or 2 aspirations, surgical excision is the answer. Good luck! Read more...
No limit but.... There is no set number of times that a ganglion can be aspirated. Sometimes they go away with one and sometimes they persist. A persistent ganglion could be an indicator of a rate tumor. It is a good idea to have the fluid expressed from the ganglion examined by a pathologist to see if all the cells in the fluid are clean and healthy. I find it helps to inject a little corticosteroid into the gang. Read more...

How long do you wait before having a 2nd aspiration of ganglion cyst?

6 weeks. Aspirating ganglion cysts in general is a 50-50 proposition. It often recurs right away even in the best of circumstances. It takes 4-6 weeks for the cyst to reorganize itself to the point at there is discrete fuild to get out. Often there is an underlying problem with the affiliated joint or tendon that needs to be address. Mri's are helpful to see determine this . Read more...
As long as you want. 50% of ganglions disappear on their own without aspiration. Read more...

Ganglion cyst - I still have pain after aspiration, what do you recommend?

See ur surgeon . Odds are that this needs to be removed but u need to be reexamined to make sure the pain is coming from the cyst. Read more...

How likely is a ganglion cyst not to reoccur after having a 1st and 2nd aspiration?

No guarantee. My colleagues in the philippines told me about how they treat ganglion cysts . They slapped it hard with a hard-bound book to break the capsule. You may try it but if you have good medical insurance, go see your dr instead. Read more...

How do you do a ganglion cyst aspiration?

Very simple. Local anesthesia to the skin, get big gage needle and aspirate the ganglion. It is very thick like and hard to aspirate. Read more...
Ganglion aspiration. The skin over the cyst is prepped, and a needle is inserted through the skin into the cyst. This can also be done using ultrasound. Read more...
With needle. The skin is prepped and cleaned in sterile fashion. Lidocaine can be used to numb skin. The a large gauge needle is placed through skin into cyst to suck out the viscous fluid and deflate the cyst. Read more...

Which is better for ganglion cyst. Surgery or aspiration?

Surgery is Best. There are not many problems associated with the wrists short of bony abnormalities. One common problem that can occur at the level of the wrists or coming from any joint is called a ganglion cyst. Ganglion cysts are not usually associated with much pain or discomfort until they become large. They extends from the joint space. It's, like blowing up a tiny balloon from between your knuckles. These often bust when a person bumps them. They will reoccur unless they are surgically tied off. I suggest you see an orthopedic surgeon to further assess and evaluate. Read more...