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    Ganglion Cysts

    Ganglion Cysts

    Treatment in South Florida

    Ganglion cysts are lumps that typically develop around the tendons or joints of your wrists or hands. These lumps are noncancerous and typically go away on their own. However, they can be painful, especially if a cyst presses on a nerve. The location of the cyst can sometimes hinder joint movement.

    Ganglion cysts can grow from a pea-size shape to up to 2.5 cm in diameter. They are typically round and are filled with fluid. If your cyst causes problems, your physician might suggest trying to drain it with a needle. Removing the cyst is an option. However, in most cases, these cysts go away on their own, and treatment is not necessary.

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      Ganglion Cysts Signs & Symptoms

      Ganglion Cysts Treatment

      Ganglion cysts typically develop along the joints or tendons of your wrists. The next most common locations are the ankles and feet, which they tend to occur near the joints as well.

      Ganglion cysts are typically round or oval in size and measure less than 2.5 cm. It is possible for the cyst to be so small it cannot even be felt. Usually, the size of the cyst will enlarge during repetitive joint movement.

      Ganglion cysts are typically painless, although if a cyst presses on a nerve, it can cause pain tingling and numbness.

      Our team of orthopedic surgeons are experts in the treatment of ganglion cysts. Whether you have just begun to experience symptoms or have been experiencing the symptoms for a while, you can count on us for an effective ganglion cyst treatment. You can visit any of our offices in Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs, Plantation, and Fort Lauderdale.

      Ganglion Cysts Causes

      The cause of a ganglion cyst is unknown. It grows out of a joint or the lining of a tendon, looking like a tiny water balloon on a stalk, and appears to occur when the tissue that surrounds a tendon or joint bulges out of place. These particular cysts have a thick lubricating fluid that is similar to fluid found in tendons and joints.

      Below you will the factors that you put you at risk for cysts:

      • Tendon or joint injury. It is common for you to experience a ganglion cyst if you have damaged tendons or joints in the past.
      • Your sex. Ganglion cysts can develop on anyone. Although it is most common in women between the ages of 20 and 40.
      • Osteoarthritis. If you have experienced wear or tear on your joints such as arthritis, you are at a higher risk to develop these.

      South Florida Hand Center has become the preferred orthopedic practice for the treatment of ganglion cysts in Broward and Palm Beach. Call us 24/7 at 888-409-8006 to schedule an appointment or use the button below.

      Ganglion Cysts Diagnosis

      To properly diagnose a ganglion cyst your doctor might also recommend imaging tests — such as X-rays, ultrasound, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) which will help rule out other conditions, such as a tumor or arthritis.

      Ganglion Cysts Treatment

      A ganglion cyst typically starts without pain. It’s common for your hand surgeon or physician to ask you to wait and keep an eye on the cyst if it is painless. Although, if there is pain associated with the cyst your doctor might recommend the following:

      • Aspiration: This is a procedure that is performed to drain the fluid from the cyst. Although, this is not permanent and the cyst may reappear.
      • Immobilization: Due to an activity that can cause the ganglion cyst to enlarge, it may help to temporarily immobilize the area with a splint or brace.

      Ganglion Cysts Surgery

      If conservative approaches have not helped your cyst, surgery might be the next option. During the procedure, your surgeon will remove the cyst as well as the stalk that attached it to the tendon or joint. It is uncommon for surgery to injure the surrounding nerves or tendons. Although, a cyst may reappear even after surgery.

      South Florida Hand Center is home to the top hand specialist in South Florida. Call us now at 888-409-8006 if you are experiencing hand pain

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