Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Ganglion Cyst Treatment

About half of all ganglion cysts resolve without treatment. Treatment for ganglion cysts may include needle aspiration or surgery to remove the cyst.

Treatment for ganglion cysts may include:

  • Manual compression:
    • Small ganglion cysts may be manually compressed until they burst. In this case, the fluid is absorbed by the body.
  • Needle aspiration of a ganglion cyst:
  • Surgery for ganglion cyst:
    • The ganglion cyst is removed

Ganglion Cyst Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of a ganglion cyst.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • Will I need occupational therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Ganglion Cyst Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat ganglion cysts:

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Last Updated: Dec 13, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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