Ganglion Cyst Excision
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 to 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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