Ganglion cyst removal, or ganglionectomy, is the removal of a fluid-filled sac of the wrist or finger. The cyst is attached to a tendon or a joint through its fibers and contains synovial fluid which is the clear liquid that lubricates the joints and tendons of the body. They may be asymptomatic or increase in size and cause pain. Removal can be performed as an outpatient procedure.
- Alleviates pain at the location of the cyst
- Improves movement of affected tendons
- Increases self-confidence
- Restores contour of affected areas
All patients with ganglion cyst should consider removal. Patients who smoke, have high blood pressure that is not under control, have blood disorders or take blood thinners, such as Aspirin, Coumadin or Plavix, may experience higher risk of healing problems.
Most patients tolerate the procedure well and are able to go home the same day. Over the counter Tylenol or Motrin suffice for postoperative pain control after most ganglion cyst removals. Some bruising and swelling are expected but improve over several days.
All patients considering elective surgery should abstain from smoking, including secondhand smoke and avoid any nicotine containing products, both before and after surgery. Dr. Ziakas strongly advises all his patients to quit smoking for good. The sutures used in ganglion cyst removal are absorbable and dissolve over time. All patients are advised to use a good quality sunscreen when outdoors (minimum SPF 30) to minimize the hazardous effects of sun radiation on the incisions and the rest of the skin. The majority of patients are able to return to their routine activities in few days.
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