Hand and Microsurgery Associates
Ganglion Cyst Q & A
What is a ganglion cyst?
- The base of fingers
- The end joints of fingers
- Top and underside of the wrist
The cysts are filled with a fluid similar to the lubricant that lines your joints and helps your bones glide smoothly against each other when you extend or flex a joint.
What causes ganglion cysts?
When should I talk to a doctor about a ganglion cyst?
How are ganglion cysts treated?
In many cases, the team takes a wait-and-see approach, especially if the cyst isn’t causing any disruptive symptoms. They might recommend a splint or brace to immobilize your wrist and enforce rest.
If the ganglion cyst is causing pain, your physician might recommend an aspiration treatment to drain the cyst as well as rest. In rare cases, when nonsurgical treatments don’t relieve your symptoms, you might need surgery to remove the cyst.
If you’re concerned about a lump on your hand or wrist, call Hand and Microsurgery Associates today to schedule a consultation.