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Ganglion cyst removal is surgery to remove a ganglion that has caused pain or numbness or made it hard to do your activities. A ganglion is a small sac, or cyst, filled with a clear fluid that is thick like jelly. The cyst may look like a bump on your hand or wrist. Less often, a ganglion can appear on the feet, ankles, knees, or shoulders.
The doctor made a cut (incision) in the skin over the ganglion. He or she removed the ganglion and the connecting tissue that allowed fluid to collect there. Then the incision was closed with stitches. You may have a splint over the area to limit movement until the area heals.
Your doctor will tell you when it's okay to move the area. He or she may give you instructions on when you can do your normal activities again.
Ganglions sometimes come back. New ganglions also may form in the area.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 2, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Steven J. Atlas MD, MPH - Internal Medicine & Herbert von Schroeder MD, MSc, FRCSC - Hand and Microvascular Surgery
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