A ganglion cyst is a non-malignant growth that can appear around a joint on the wrist, hand or fingers. The fluid-filled sac is not usually a serious medical problem, but it can be unsightly. If your cyst enlarges, it can also press on nerves, causing significant pain and possibly prohibiting you from performing certain tasks. The more you use the affected joint, the larger the cyst can grow.
Ganglion cysts that become very large and/or painful, or prohibit you from performing some activities may require surgical intervention. If you are a candidate for surgical ganglion cyst removal, your best choice is a plastic surgeon who also has extensive experience in hand procedures, like Dr Teston. This ensures that not only will your problem be effectively treated, but you will enjoy the best possible cosmetic result as well. This may be particularly true with large cysts, where removal can leave disfiguring scarring behind.
Patients with a ganglion cyst may try other treatment options before turning to surgery. Those treatments might include:
Surgery is recommended for patients that have very large ganglion cysts or growths that cause pain or interfere with function. Dr Teston will examine your ganglion cyst in her office to determine whether surgery is the right choice for you.
Dr Teston will perform your ganglion cyst removal in an accredited medical facility uusing local anaesthesia combined with sedation or general anaesthesia. An incision is made to completely cut out the cyst, including the sac, to reduce the risk of the cyst re-forming in the future. She will carefully suture the incision closed once the cyst is removed, to minimise visible scarring after your procedure.
You will likely return home the same day as your procedure, as Dr Teston usually performs ganglion cyst removal as a day surgery. If you had general anaesthesia, you would need to have someone with you for the first 24 hours to ensure your recovery begins safely and comfortably. You will be encouraged to keep the treated hand elevated above heart level as much as possible to minimise swelling around your incision. Your hand will also be splinted to keep it as immobile as possible while healing takes place.
Recovery time after ganglion cyst removal may vary, based on the extent of your procedure. Dr Teston will monitor your recovery process to ensure your incisions heal well, so that scarring will be minimal. After your recovery is complete, your results may be permanent. However, even after surgical intervention, there is always a small chance the cyst could reform over time.
A ganglion cyst may cause physical pain, functional limitations, and cosmetic embarrassment. To find out if surgical removal is the right choice for you, contact Dr Teston’s office today on (02) 9708 3511.
*The information about Ganglion Removal was reviewed by Dr. Leana Teston. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.
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