Ganglion Cysts are very common lumps that occur on hands and wrists that arise from joints or tendons. A Ganglion Cyst is a sac filled with clear fluid or gel. These masses are non cancerous and do not spread. They may change in size and even disappear on their own. Some Ganglion Cysts are painful due to pressure on surrounding structures (tendons, nerve or blood vessels).
If the mass becomes painful or problematic the ganglion can be aspirated with a needle in the office. However, recurrence of the cyst is rather common after aspiration. Surgical treatment consists of removing the cyst along part of the joint capsule or tendon sheath. Even with surgical removal, ganglion cysts still recur 10-15% of the time.
If you have been diagnosed with a Ganglion Cyst, or have noticed a lump on your wrist or hand, feel free to contact our office to schedule an evaluation.