Ganglion Cyst of Hand/Wrist

What is a ganglion cyst, and how is it treated?

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What Is a Ganglion Cyst?

A cyst is a fluid-filled sac that can appear within the joints of the wrist or in the palm of the hand. The cysts tend to appear around the ligaments and tendons as well as the back of the wrist.


About Ganglion Cysts

The cause of cysts is typically unknown, but it appears to affect women more than men. In many cases, the cysts do not require treatment unless they are causing pain, as they are otherwise harmless.

Treatment Options for Ganglion Cysts of the Hand or Wrist

If the cyst is causing pain or weakness in the hand or wrist, your OrthoNeuro Specialist may recommend an in-office procedure, known as an aspiration, or another procedure to remove the cyst, known as an excision.  

During an aspiration, a small needle is used to drain the fluid from within the cyst. 

During an excision, a small incision is made near the cyst and it is removed as well as any part of the tendon to which the cyst is attached.

Patients who are experiencing the symptoms of a ganglion cyst should not delay a diagnosis. The decision of what treatments are best for you will be determined by what you and your OrthoNeuro Specialist feel are best. 

Make an Appointment with an OrthoNeuro Specialist Today!

If you have been experiencing the symptoms of a ganglion cyst, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus. 

Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of making an appointment.

Hand and Wrist Specialists

You use your hands, wrists, and elbows all the time. Don’t let pain interfere with your quality of life or independence. Call OrthoNeuro today or make an appointment online if you have persistent pain in your hand, wrist, or elbow that limits your movement or independence.

James C. Cassandra, DO

Orthopedic Hand & Elbow Surgeon

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Orthopedic Hand & Elbow Surgeon

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Orthopedic Hand & Elbow Surgeon

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