Ganglion cyst is commonly found in the wrist, however, it can grow in the foot as well.
Ways of removing a ganglion cyst
- Aspiration of a ganglion cyst (Non-surgical method).
- Surgically remove the ganglion cyst.
What is an aspiration of a ganglion cyst?
Aspiration of a ganglion cyst is a conservative method to remove the fluid (aspirate) from the ganglion sac without surgery.
Your doctor can perform the aspiration of the ganglion cyst in the clinic by the following steps:
- A local anaesthetic is injected into the ganglion to numb the area.
- Once the area is numb, a sterile needle is inserted into the ganglion cyst.
- The fluid is drained out of the ganglion sac.
- The ganglion collapse like a deflated ballon.
- A small plaster is used cover the needle wound.
Many patients prefers to try the aspiration of the ganglion cyst as the first line of treatment, if the ganglion returns, some opted for surgically remove the ganglion cyst.
Surgical removal of a ganglion cyst
You can consider surgically remove the ganglion cyst if you do not respond well to the conservative way of aspiration of the ganglion cyst or you experience the following:
- Obstructing your daily activities or motion.
- Changes in sensation.
- Becomes unsightly.
- Damage to the bones or ligaments.
The goal of the surgery is to remove the ganglion sac and the connecting tissue that allows the fluid to collect.
Surgical removal of a ganglion cyst can be done as a day surgery.
Picture of a Ganglion Cyst Removed from the Wrist