Ganglion Cyst Treatment & Excision in Louisville, KY
A ganglion cyst is a small sac of fluid that forms near a tendon or joint. Most often, these benign masses develop on the palm side of a wrist, on the end joint of a finger, or at the base of a finger. Some experts believe ganglion cysts can result from joint trauma or a tendon sheath defect; however, the causes are not well understood.
If you have a ganglion cyst that is painful, large, or interfering with your hand movement, Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic can help. The renowned team at our independently owned orthopedic and sports medicine practice in Louisville, Kentucky, includes Dr. Nicholas Foeger, a fellowship-trained hand surgeon who offers comprehensive treatments for hand and wrist conditions, including ganglion cyst excision.
What Are the Symptoms of a Ganglion Cyst?
A ganglion cyst may develop suddenly, come and go, or form gradually over time. Not all ganglion cysts are painful or problematic. If pain develops, it usually worsens with joint movement. Additionally, if a cyst is attached to a tendon, it may cause hand or wrist weakness.
Usually, the diagnostic process includes a physical examination and an imaging study, such as an ultrasound. Ultrasound images can help a physician determine whether a cyst is solid or fluid-filled and whether it involves a blood vessel or artery.
How Is a Ganglion Cyst Treated?
Most ganglion cysts are harmless, and many shrink or disappear spontaneously without medical intervention. If necessary, a physician may suggest a needle aspiration, which involves the use of a syringe to drain fluid from the cyst. Afterward, a steroid compound is injected into the empty cyst and a splint is worn to immobilize the hand as it heals. If a ganglion cyst is very painful, limits daily activities, or causes hand or finger numbness, a physician may suggest a ganglion cyst excision to remove it.
If you have a problematic ganglion cyst, you can consult with Dr. Foeger at Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic. Contact us today to request an appointment in Louisville, KY.