Ganglion cysts

Ganglion Cysts are noncancerous lumps that most commonly develop along the tendons or joints of your wrists or hands. They can also appear on ankles and feet. These cysts are filled with a jelly-like fluid and can vary in size, often fluctuating with your activity level. They are also called mucous cysts when over the joints of the fingers.

Key characteristics of ganglion cysts include:

  • Appearance: These cysts are typically round or oval and may be soft or firm.
  • Size: They can range from the size of a pea to an inch in diameter.
  • Location: Most commonly found on the back of the wrist, but can also appear on the palm side of the wrist, at the base of a finger, or near a finger joint.

At Waterfront Private Hospital, we offer expert assessment and treatment for ganglion cysts. Our approach is patient-centred, focusing on the severity of symptoms and their impact on daily life. We provide comprehensive care, from initial consultation to treatment and follow-up, ensuring our patients receive the most effective and appropriate care for their needs.

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Understanding ganglion cysts

While the exact cause of ganglion cysts is unknown, they may arise from trauma or a flaw in the joint capsule or tendon sheath that allows the joint tissue to bulge out. They are more common in women, and people between the ages of 20 and 40.

Symptoms and Concerns:

  • Pain and Discomfort: If the cyst puts pressure on nerves, it may cause pain, tingling, or muscle weakness.
  • Aesthetic Concerns: Some people seek treatment due to the appearance of the cyst.
  • Mobility Issues: Large cysts can hinder joint movement.
Understanding ganglion cysts

Private treatment options for ganglion cysts

At Waterfront Private Hospital, we offer a range of effective treatment options for ganglion cysts tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Our team works to provide relief from symptoms and address any concerns related to the cyst. Treatment options include:

  • Observation: Many ganglion cysts are harmless and may resolve on their own. If the cyst is not causing pain or interfering with activities, we may recommend a watch-and-wait approach.
  • Immobilization: Restricting movement of the affected joint can help reduce the size of the cyst. We may recommend a splint or brace to alleviate symptoms and prevent the cyst from growing.
  • Aspiration: In this minimally invasive procedure, a needle is used to drain the fluid from the cyst, providing relief from discomfort. Aspiration is a simple and effective treatment, but cysts may recur after this procedure.
  • Corticosteroid Injections: Injecting a steroid medication into the cyst may reduce inflammation and pain. This can be an option if the cyst is causing significant discomfort.
  • Surgical Removal: Surgery may be recommended for persistent cysts or those that cause significant pain and mobility issues. Surgical removal involves excising the cyst and a portion of the joint capsule or tendon sheath. This option is typically considered when other treatments have not provided relief.

Our approach to treatment prioritizes patient comfort and functionality. We ensure that our patients are fully informed about their condition and treatment options, empowering them to make the best decisions for their health and lifestyle.

At Waterfront Private Hospital, we understand that each case of a ganglion cyst is unique. Our dedicated team is committed to providing personalised care and advanced treatment options to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.

Further reading:

British Society for Surgery of the Hand

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