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Ganglion Cysts Surgery in Dayton, OH

Many of our patients in Dayton, Centerville, Miamisburg, and the surrounding areas in Ohio are plagued by ganglion cysts, which are painful masses that may develop on the fingers or back of the wrist. Ganglion cysts surgery is performed in an effort to remove these lesions and is available at Miami Valley Plastic Surgeons.

What Is Ganglion Cysts Surgery?

A ganglion cyst is a mass that forms on top of a joint or over a tendon. Filled with a thick, sticky liquid, these cysts may change in size, and maintain their location even when the hand is moved. They most often form on the top or back of the wrist, at the base of the fingers, or just above the top joint of a finger.

Ganglion cysts are often removed through a procedure known as an aspiration. This involves numbing the area around the cyst so that a needle can be inserted into it. This needle is used to withdraw fluid and reduce the cyst in size.

If a cyst returns after an aspiration, an excision may be performed. This involves cutting away the cyst as well as part of the tendon sheath or joint capsule it is attached to. In doing so, the “root” of the cyst is eliminated, making it less likely it will return in the future.

Benefits of Ganglion Cysts Surgery

Ganglion cysts are often very painful and require patients to take medication to manage their discomfort. Very large cysts might also make it difficult to perform certain hand movements. Ganglion cyst surgery can eliminate these conditions so that people no longer have to rely on medication or limit the use of their hands.

Who Is the Ideal Candidate for Ganglion Cysts Surgery?

Ganglion cysts often go away on their own. When they do not go away, or become so painful that it is difficult to bend or flex your wrist and fingers, ganglion cysts surgery could be needed.

What do I Need to do Before Ganglion Cysts Surgery?

Do not attempt to remove the cyst on your own, as this makes it more likely you will suffer an infection. Stop smoking or taking blood-thinning medications, including aspirin, in the days leading up to your appointment.

What Should I Expect on the Day of my Ganglion Cysts Surgery?

Do not wear any hand cream or lotion when you come in for surgery. Prior to receiving anesthesia, your hands will be cleansed with an antiseptic cleanser to ensure they are sanitized and that dirt and oil are thoroughly removed. You will receive a light numbing agent, either in the way of a topical cream or a local anesthesia delivered by syringe just underneath the skin. An excision will require a tiny incision around the cyst; however no incision is needed if you are undergoing an aspiration.

How Long Does it Take to Perform Ganglion Cysts Surgery?

This will depend on the size of your cyst and the type of procedure you are having. An aspiration takes less time than an excision, but both can generally be performed in under an hour.

What to Expect After Ganglion Cysts Surgery

Once your anesthesia wears off, you will notice better movement in your hands and fingers right away.

Will I Have Scars After Getting Ganglion Cysts Surgery?

Visible scars are very possible after hand surgery; however, a scar revision is typically very successful when it comes to reducing or eliminating those scars.

When Will I See the Results?

You will notice your results almost immediately.

How Long Will the Results of Ganglion Cysts Surgery Last?

An excision will likely provide you with longer-lasting results, as it removes the root of the cyst. Even so, it is still possible for a cyst to return after undergoing an excision. It is not possible to predict when or if a cyst might return after either an aspiration or excision.

Additional Procedures to Enhance Your Ganglion Cysts Surgery Results

If your hands are also thin and wrinkled, you may want to consider a fat transfer and injection procedure to help fill them out.

How Much Does a Ganglion Cysts Surgery Cost in Dayton?

Because you may have different needs than any other patient, we will not be able to discuss the exact cost with you until after your consultation. Cash, personal checks, and credit cards are always accepted for any of the procedures we offer, and many of our patients will also qualify for low-interest financing.

The appearance of a ganglion cyst is frightening for many people. While these cysts are not cancerous, they can nonetheless be bothersome, requiring surgery in order to remove them. If you live in Dayton, Centerville, Kettering, Beavercreek or another nearby city in Ohio, we invite you to contact Miami Valley Plastic Surgeons today to find out more about ganglion cysts surgery.

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