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What Is A Ganglion Cyst Excision?

Ganglion cyst excision is a surgical procedure performed to remove a ganglion cyst, which is a noncancerous lump or sac filled with a jelly-like fluid. Ganglion cysts most commonly develop near joints or tendons, such as the wrists, hands, fingers, ankles, or feet. While they are usually benign and not life-threatening, they can cause discomfort, pain, or limited joint movement, and some individuals may opt for surgical removal if conservative treatments have been ineffective.


  • Ganglion cyst excision is indicated when a ganglion cyst causes significant pain, discomfort, or functional impairment.
  • Other conservative treatments, such as aspiration (draining the cyst with a needle) or immobilization, may have been attempted but did not provide sufficient relief or resulted in cyst recurrence.


  • The surgery is usually performed under local or regional anesthesia, with or without sedation, depending on the patient’s condition and preferences.
  • During the procedure, the surgeon makes an incision over the ganglion cyst to expose the cyst and its stalk or attachment to nearby structures.
  • The cyst is carefully dissected and separated from surrounding tissues to prevent cyst rupture during removal.
  • In some cases, the cyst’s stalk, if present, is also removed to reduce the risk of recurrence.
  • After the excision, the wound is closed with stitches, and a dressing or bandage is applied to promote healing.


  • The recovery time after ganglion cyst excision is typically relatively short. Patients can often go home the same day as the surgery.
  • The hand or affected area may be immobilized with a splint or dressing for a short period to protect the surgical site during the initial healing phase.
  • Physical therapy or hand rehabilitation may be recommended to promote hand or joint mobility and strength during the recovery period.


  • The success of ganglion cyst excision depends on various factors, including the cyst’s size, location, and surgical technique.
  • In many cases, ganglion cyst excision provides long-term relief and reduces the risk of cyst recurrence.

It’s essential for individuals considering ganglion cyst excision to discuss the benefits, risks, and potential complications of the procedure with their healthcare provider. Ganglion cyst excision is generally a safe and effective treatment option for those with symptomatic or bothersome cysts, but it should be performed by a qualified surgeon experienced in treating hand and joint conditions.


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