Ganglion cysts are lumps found within the hand and on either side of the wrist, occurring adjacent to joints or tendons. Our highly qualified Bellevue doctors at Bellevue Bone & Joint Physicians (BBJP) can help educate and provide any necessary treatment options for those who experience this condition.
Ganglion cysts are quite common and often resemble a water balloon on a stalk. They contain a thick, clear mucus-like fluid that is similar to the fluid found in the joint. The cause of these cysts is somewhat unknown, although they may form in the presence of joint or tendon irritation. They can occur in healthy individuals of any age.
Most often viewed as harmless, these cysts can vary in dimension, change size over time or even disappear completely. Some patients don’t experience any pain, whereas others encounter significant discomfort. If the cyst becomes symptomatic, causing pain, limiting activity or is otherwise unacceptable, there are treatment options available.
These can include using a wrist brace or splint to control movement, decrease pain and allow the cyst to decrease in size. Anti-inflammatory medication may also be prescribed. If the ganglion is causing a considerable amount of pain or is severely limiting activities, an aspiration can be performed, which involves using a needle to drain the fluid.
If these different non-surgical options fail to provide relief or if the cyst recurs, surgical alternatives are available. This is typically done as an outpatient. If you have further questions about ganglion cysts, or are looking for the right treatment option that will work for you, our superior Bellevue doctors at BBJP would be privileged to help you find the answers and services that can bring you relief.