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Ganglion Cyst Excision
Dr. James Chen, M.D. - In San Francisco, CA



A surgical procedure performed to remove a small, sometimes painful, mass from the hand or foot. A small incision is made over, or adjacent to the mass. The cyst is exposed and carefully isolated from surrounding tissues and structures. A ganglion cyst commonly has a stalk which extends from a small joint. The stalk is identified and the entire cyst with stalk is removed.

Common Questions about Ganglion Cyst Excision

What is a ganglion cyst?

A ganglion cyst is a fluid filled sac that commonly occur near tendons and joints.

What are non-surgical options for a ganglion cyst?

A ganglion cyst can be shrunk by aspirating the cyst with a needle. A wrist brace can also be used in order minimize movement and allow the cyst to shrink.

When is a ganglion cyst excision necessary?

A ganglion cyst excision may be necessary if non-surgical options do not alleviate symptoms or the cyst returns following an aspiration.

How is a ganglion cyst excision performed?

A ganglion cyst excision is performed by making an incision over the cyst and identifying the stalk from which the cyst extends from. The cyst and stalk are then removed.

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