Ganglion Cyst Treatment in Houston, TX
Though common, ganglion cyst can become aggravated with repeated use of your hand and become painful. The highly trained hand and wrist specialists at Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas specialize in treating ganglion cysts. Call (713) 322-0054 to schedule an appointment at one of our offices in Houston, Baytown, or Katy, Texas.
What is a Ganglion Cyst?
You haven’t injured yourself, but you’ve developed a fluid-filled sac near your wrist. What is going on?
A ganglion cyst is a typically benign (harmless) fluid-filled sac that often forms at the base of the wrist or fingers, necessitating ganglion cyst finger removal in some cases. These cysts are common, especially among athletes aged between 15–40 years. While the exact cause remains unknown, they can often be managed with appropriate ganglion cyst treatments without resorting to surgery.
Some ganglion cysts resolve spontaneously, while others persist, becoming painful due to repeated hand use or constant friction against hard surfaces. In such cases, seeking ganglion cyst wrist treatment can be beneficial to alleviate symptoms and restore normal function.
Ganglion cysts originate from a wrist joint that produces excess fluid under pressure, leading to the formation of a cyst beneath the skin. This phenomenon is often associated with repetitive injuries, such as those sustained during tennis or golf, highlighting the importance of specialized ganglion cyst treatments to address the underlying issues effectively.
Sign & Symptoms
Ganglions can be in different areas, and they can feel very different. Recognizing the signs early can facilitate timely ganglion cyst treatment, preventing complications such as nerve compression. Symptoms might include:
- Mass/bump near the wrist
- May be painful or not painful
- May stay the same size or vary in size
- May be constant, or come and go
- These symptoms can be indicative of a need for ganglion cyst wrist treatment or even ganglion cyst removal in more severe cases.
Diagnosis & Treatment
If you notice a cyst or mass developing, it is prudent to consult a specialist for ganglion cyst treatment to ensure it is benign. Diagnosis typically involves a hand examination, with additional imaging studies like MRI or ultrasound being reserved for more complex cases.
Treatment options include aspiration to relieve pressure, although recurrence is common with this method. For a more permanent solution, ganglion cyst removal surgery can be performed, boasting low recurrence rates under the skilled hands of the HSST surgeons. Depending on various factors, open or arthroscopic surgery might be recommended, both being quick outpatient procedures that take 20–30 minutes with twilight anesthesia.
Post ganglion cyst removal, your wrist and forearm will be secured with a bulky dressing to aid the healing process. Early mobilization is encouraged to promote recovery, with stitches being removed in about two weeks. Physical therapy might be recommended to facilitate a pain-free return to normal motion, marking the successful completion of your ganglion cyst treatment journey.