If you notice an unusual lump on your wrist or hand, it’s a good idea to show your doctor and get an accurate diagnosis.
In some cases, non-cancerous lumps called ganglion cysts can get in the way of your daily activities and exercise. If this is the case for you, you may benefit from ganglion cyst plastic surgery.
What Is a Ganglion Cyst?
Ganglion cysts usually form at the tendons or joints of your hands or wrists. They are benign, fluid-filled sacs that can range in size from the size of a pea or smaller up to an inch in diameter.
In some cases, ganglion cysts are small enough that they don’t interfere with your daily life and can, therefore, be left alone. In other cases, these cysts can be large and located so close to your joints that you are unable to perform certain activities without pain. In these instances, a plastic surgeon can help.
Some hand or wrist cysts will go away on their own. Others require medical treatment.
How Are Hand and Wrist Cysts Treated?
Your hand and wrist plastic surgeon may recommend nonsurgical treatment options first, such as draining the cyst or using braces and splints until the cyst shrinks or disappears on its own. However, it is not recommended to wear a splint or brace long-term, as this can lead to weakened muscle tissue in the surrounding area.
If these methods don’t work, surgery to remove the cyst may be your best option. Although rare, it is possible for a cyst to return after surgical removal.