Ganglion Cysts

What is a ganglion cyst?
A ganglion cyst is bump that forms next to joints or tendons and is filled with a clear fluid or gel. It is not cancerous and won’t spread, but may change size or disappear and reappear. A ganglion cyst most commonly appears on the wrist on either the back or palm side, the base of the finger on the palm side, or the end of the finger joint.

How is a ganglion cyst diagnosed?
A ganglion cyst is diagnosed based on the location, appearance, and feel of the bump. An MRI may be necessary to diagnose a small ganglion cyst or one deeper in the wrist.

How is a ganglion cyst treated?
Nonsurgical treatment: If the cyst presents with no pain and is not bothersome, it may just be observed for changes. It can also be aspirated to remove the fluid with a needle. There is a chance of recurrence with an aspiration, at which point it can be treated surgically.
Surgical treatment: Surgical treatment involves making a small incision to remove the cyst at its base.  This can be performed either through an open approach or in a minimally invasive fashion using arthroscopic surgical techniques.  Dr. Rose can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each approach with you prior to surgery.

Which option should I choose?
Each patient requires an individual assessment of their symptoms prior to deciding the optimal treatment. Dr. Rose has experience with all of the above techniques and can provide and assessment and explanation of the options available to you for a ganglion cyst. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.