What Is a Ganglion Cyst?

What Is a Ganglion Cyst?

Anytime you have an unknown bump on your hands or wrists, it can be concerning. To make sure your bump is correctly diagnosed and treated, seeking expert medical advice from Dr. Pedro Loredo, a hand surgeon at the Loredo Hand Care Institute in Grapevine, serving Dallas, TX, is a great place to start. You may have a ganglion cyst, which could require the skills of a hand surgeon or less invasive treatment. The best way to know is to schedule an appointment today.  

Where Ganglion Cysts Usually Appear

Ganglion cysts, which are benign, typically appear in areas where there are joints and tendons, particularly if that area has experienced trauma. Because this makes them common in the wrist or foot area, they may stick out and get bumped during daily activities. If this is the case and your ganglion cyst is causing pain, you may require foot or hand surgery to remove the cyst. 

Remove it or Leave it Alone?

Any time you notice an unusual growth, it is important to have it checked out by medical professionals. Don't be wary of visiting a doctor because you worry about needing surgery. Many kinds of cysts are benign and do not require surgery to treat them. It is essential to your good health that you get a diagnosis and treatment advice from a reputable and knowledgeable medical expert. 

A ganglion cyst is just a sack of fluid that often forms near joints. Men and women of all ages can develop them, and they are not usually painful. Their size can increase over time, which means they can become painful. If the location of the cyst is interfering with normal movement or has grown quickly, you can consult with a hand surgeon at Loredo Hand Care Institute in Grapevine, serving Dallas, TX, about the best course of treatment. 

If surgery is indicated, there are a few different options. Your doctor may first aspirate the cyst to drain the fluid and reduce its size, which may alleviate some pain. It is possible that the cyst may swell if fluid accumulates again. To keep a ganglion cyst in the hand or wrist area from coming back, a hand surgeon will attempt to remove the cyst's stem for a better chance at eliminating the cyst completely. 

The first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Loredo at Loredo Hand Care Institute for a hand surgeon in Grapevine, serving Dallas, TX. Contact us at (972) 939-4974 for an appointment today, so we can help you continue to enjoy life!

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