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Ganglion Cyst Surgery: What To Expect

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Ganglion cysts are among the most common benign soft-tissue masses and can originate from joints or tendon sheaths. They most often occur on the wrist, but also frequently develop on the foot. Usually, on the top of the foot.

Ganglion cyst surgery may be necessary when other treatment options fail or are not appropriate for some reason. Conservative treatment options, such as padding, shoe modifications or aspiration and injection will most likely be tried before surgery is considered.
The reccurence rate of ganglion cysts with surgery is much lower than than when aspiration and injection therapy is used, but there are cases in which the ganglion cyst returns even after surgery. Surgery to remove a ganglion cyst involves making an incision just over the mass, then excising the cyst and a portion of the tissue that it originates from. The goals of ganglion cyst surgery are:
  • To attempt to permanently remove the mass
  • To eliminate or reduce pain associated with the cyst
  • To submit the specimen removed for definitive pathologic diagnosis

There are, of course, potential complications and risks to ganglion cyst surgery, as with every medical procedure. For a list of potential complications/risks visit our section on Ganglion Cyst Surgery.

After the surgery to remove the cyst is completed, you will need to walk in a special surgical shoe with crutches or another assistive device. Your doctor should go over post-operative care procedures with you and it is important to follow their instructions.

For more information on ganglion cysts, you can watch our videos What Is A Ganglion Cyst? and Dr. Neuhaus Aspirates A Ganglion Cyst. If you would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.


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