Is it beneficial removing a ganglion cyst?
Removal of large ganglion cysts can be quite beneficial. It can provide relief of symptoms as well as better functionality. Some people with a ganglion cyst may never experience pain or limited movement. These cases may not need surgery. Dr Safvat will discuss all options with the patient during consultation so an informed decision can be made as to whether to go ahead with surgery or not.
Are there any alternatives to surgery?
A ganglion can disappear or become less painful over time (1-2 years). If your ganglion is not causing any issues then it is best to leave it alone.
Other options may include removing the fluid from the ganglion by aspiration or steroid injection into the ganglion.
What causes a Ganglion Cyst?
Although the exact cause of a ganglion cyst is unknown, there are suggestions that small cysts are formed when trauma damages the tissue of a joint. The cysts may also occur because of a defect in the joint capsule or tendon.