Ganglion Cyst Treatment - Cyst Removal - Atlanta Hand Specialist
Fax: (770) 333-7889

Ganglion Cyst

Ganglion cysts are common lumps within the hand and wrist that develop adjacent to joints or tendons. The most common locations are:

  • Top of the wrist
  • Palm side of the wrist
  • Base of the finger on the palm side
  • Top of the end joint of the finger

The cyst often resembles a water balloon on a stalk, and is filled with clear fluid or gel. The cause is unknown, although they may form in the presence of joint or tendon irritation or mechanical changes. They can occur in patients of all ages.

Ganglion cysts may change in size or even disappear completely. They may or may not be painful. These cysts are not cancerous and will not spread to other areas.

How Are Ganglion Cysts Diagnosed?

Dr. Patel can usually diagnose a ganglion cyst based on the appearance and location of the bump. Ganglion cysts are usually oval or round and may be soft or very firm. Dr. Patel may also request x-rays in order to investigate problems in the adjacent joints. Cysts at the end joint of the finger frequently have an arthritic bone spur associated with them.

Ganglion Cysts Treatment Options

Treatment is often non-surgical. In many cases, cysts are simply observed, as they frequently disappear on their own.

If the cyst becomes painful, limits activity or is otherwise unacceptable, there are several treatment options including:

  • Splints and anti-inflammatory medication to decrease pain
  • Aspiration to remove the fluid and decompress the cyst
  • Surgery to remove the cyst (if the above fail to provide relief or if the cyst recurs)

Surgery involves removing the cyst along with the portion of the joint capsule or tendon sheath. With wrist ganglion cysts, traditional and arthroscopic techniques may yield good results. Dr. Patel will discuss which treatment options are right for you during your appointment.

Call (770) 333-7888 to schedule your appointment at Atlanta Hand Specialist. We have offices in Smyrna, Douglasville, and Marietta.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Do you have pressure on your wrists? Many people have symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome without knowing it. Find out how the condition is caused and what treatment you’ll receive from Atlanta Hand Specialists for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Learn More

Wrist & Hand Fracture

If you have shooting pain in your hand or wrist, you may have a wrist or hand fracture. Fracturing, or breaking, the bones in the wrist or hand is extremely easy because of their size and structure. Read on to learn how wrist and hand fractures are treated by Dr. Patel and the Atlanta Hand Specialists.

Learn More

Trigger Finger

Trigger finger is caused by stressing the tendons and getting your thumb or finger stuck in the bent position. Inflammation and localized pressure are common signs for trigger finger. Seek treatment from the Atlanta Hand Specialists about trigger finger and your treatment options available.

Learn More

Ganglion Cyst

Tender lumps found on the hand or wrist can be a cyst. Ganglion Cysts are commonly filled with fluid, and form because of tendon or joint irritation. Find out more about how Ganglion Cysts are treated by the specialists at Atlanta Hand Specialist.

Learn More
More Common Conditions

Featured in These Magazines! (Click to view larger image)