What is a Ganglion Cyst?
Ganglion cysts are benign masses that can develop along tendons or joints in your hands or wrists. In most cases, they are medically harmless, but they can cause discomfort if they are interfering with a nerve pathway. These fluid-filled cysts can vary in size, but are usually round. A ganglion cyst can arise quickly, change in size, and even disappear on their own. If you have a ganglion cyst that interferes with function, range of motion, causes pain or disfigurement, surgical cyst removal at MidAmerica Plastic Surgery may provide relief.
Who May Benefit from Ganglion Cyst Surgery?
You are a good candidate for ganglion cyst removal from MidAmerica if you:
- have a ganglion cyst that causes pain or interferes with motor function, range of motion, or causes disfigurement.
- are a non-smoker.
- do not have any medical conditions that impair your healing ability.
Before the Ganglion Cyst Surgery
- Get lab testing or a medical evaluation, as needed.
- Take certain medications or adjust your current medications, as recommended.
- Stop smoking well in advance of your surgery.
- Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding (if OK with your primary care physician. If you cannot stop please let us know).
- Get your pre- and post-surgery checklist.
The day of the Ganglion Cyst Surgery
- Completed as an outpatient or with hospital stay depending on your particular needs.
- Nothing to eat or drink the day of surgery.
- You will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours.
After the Ganglion Cyst Surgery
Recovery is patient dependent.
Complications from the Ganglion Cyst Surgery
As with any procedure there are risks. Fortunately, with ganglion cyst surgery, these risks are minimal. These include, but are not limited to:
- Bleeding (hematoma)
- Blood clots
- Cyst recurrence
- Anesthesia risks
- Unfavorable scarring
- Change in skin sensation
- Skin contour irregularities
- Skin discoloration/swelling
- Poor healing of incisions
- Unexpected hand swelling
- Allergies to tape, suture materials and glues, blood products, topical preparations or injected agents
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Damage to deeper structures — such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs — can occur and may be temporary or permanent
- Pain, which may persist
- Possibility of revisional surgery
Dr. Ryan Diederich is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in a range of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures at Mid-America Institute of Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery in Glen Carbon, IL. If you’re looking for a plastic surgeon east of St. Louis, you can schedule a consultation online schedule a consultation online, or call us at (618) 288-7855 to schedule an appointment.
*This article is intended as a guideline only. This is not intended as medical advice. There are no guarantees written or implied from the information presented here. Only a consultation can provide an appropriate evaluation and discussion regarding any procedure. Refer to your physician for medical decision making and advice.