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What Is Mucous Cyst Excision?

Surgeons perform mucous cyst excision to remove non-cancerous, fluid-filled sacs known as mucoceles, which develop on the lip or inside the mouth due to blocked or ruptured salivary gland ducts. Mucoceles are commonly found on the lower lip, but they can also occur on the upper lip, cheeks, tongue, or floor of the mouth.



  • The procedure becomes necessary when a symptomatic mucous cyst interferes with speaking, eating, swallowing, or causes discomfort and pain.
  • Prior attempts with conservative treatments, like warm compresses or topical medications, failed to resolve the cyst.


  • Surgeons typically perform the surgery under local anesthesia to numb the area around the cyst.
  • During the procedure, the surgeon makes an incision to expose the cyst and its underlying structures.
  • The surgeon then carefully removes the cyst, along with any associated damaged tissue or salivary gland ducts.
  • Following the excision, the wound is closed, and a dressing may be applied to protect it during the healing phase.


  • The recovery time following mucous cyst excision is typically relatively short for many patients.
  • In many cases, patients can resume normal activities and functions within a few days after the procedure.
  • However, it’s important to note that the recovery time and specific postoperative instructions can vary depending on:
    • The location and size of the cyst
    • The surgical technique used
    • The patient’s overall health
  • Patients should diligently follow the guidance and recommendations provided by their surgeon or healthcare provider to ensure the best possible recovery and outcome specific to their unique situation.


  • The success of mucous cyst excision depends on various factors, including the size and location of the cyst, the surgical technique used, and the patient’s adherence to postoperative care.
  • In most cases, the excision provides relief from symptoms, and the risk of cyst recurrence is low.

Individuals with symptomatic mucous cysts should consult a qualified healthcare professional, such as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or a dentist, for proper evaluation and treatment. A skilled and experienced healthcare provider generally considers mucous cyst excision a safe and effective procedure. However, patients should engage in a comprehensive discussion with their healthcare provider about the benefits, risks, and potential complications before proceeding with the surgery, as with any surgical procedure.


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