Ganglion cysts are usually fluid-filled sacs found in the tendons or joints. Ganglion cysts mostly develop on the wrist, fingers and feet but can develop in other areas of the body. Although ganglion cysts are harmless and tend to go away on their own, some may grow too big that the size and the weight begins obstructing joint movement. Let’s find out how to get rid of a ganglion cyst on wrist or hand.
How Do You Get Rid of a Ganglion Cyst?
If the ganglion cyst doesn’t go away after some time and begins restricting joint movement, consider seeing a doctor. Treatment includes non-surgical and surgical options.
Non-surgical intervention may include medication, splinting or aspiration. If you are experiencing pain, your doctor may administer anti-inflammatory medication or splinting to reduce the pain. Sometimes, the doctor may remove the fluid inside the ganglion cyst through aspiration.
During the procedure, the doctor will numb the area with a local anaesthetic before puncturing the cyst with a needle and draining the fluid. Aspiration only works to reduce the size of the cyst to improve joint movement. However, there is a high chance that the cyst will come back if its connection to the tendon or joint sheath isn’t severed.
Surgery is the best treatment option that reduces the cyst’s risk of returning. Again, you will need surgery if the non-surgical treatment options don’t alleviate the pain. Your surgeon will help you decide on the best treatment plan. If you need to undergo surgery, the plastic surgeon may opt for two options:
- Arthroscopic excision: This procedure is minimally invasive and involves the surgeon using a small camera and special tools to look into your wrist. They will then make a very small incision and remove the cyst by cutting the stalk. Once the stalk is cut, the cyst will disappear on its own.
- Open excision: This is more invasive and requires the surgeon to make a larger incision on the top of the cyst to remove it. The surgeon will remove the whole cyst plus the stalk to reduce the possibility of the cyst growing back.
When Should You Consider Ganglion Cyst Surgery?
Some people learn to live with ganglion cysts, especially if there is no pain. In some cases, the cysts may disappear on their own without medication. However, some cases can only be treated through hand surgery. Your doctor will recommend surgery if:
- The cyst is painful, which may occur if the cyst is putting pressure on your nerves and joint tissues.
- The ganglion cysts make actions like wearing shoes impossible.
- The cysts are too big and located in an area where they are more noticeable, making you feel self-conscious about your appearance.
How to Get Rid of a Ganglion Cyst Naturally?
Are you wondering how to get rid of a ganglion cyst on hand, foot or wrist naturally? The truth is that you can always start treating a ganglion cyst at home. If there are no changes, you may need to seek medical help. Sometimes, the doctor may also suggest the following at-home remedies to see if the cyst will reduce or disappear.
- Warm compresses – using warm compresses regularly helps increase blood circulation while promoting fluid drainage. Warm compresses don’t, however, prevent the cysts from growing.
- Avoiding certain movements – while the precise cause of ganglion cysts is unknown, repetitive hand and wrist motion may lead to injuries that cause fluid to build up. In that case, avoiding repetitive movements may help release the discomfort if you already have a cyst.
- Wear loose shoes – if your ganglion cyst is located on the feet or ankles, it might help if you wear loose-fitting shoes. Your shoes should not touch the cyst to prevent pain and discomfort.
Ideally, if you are treating your cyst at home, don’t attempt to pop it as this is not only ineffective but might result in infection and risk of recurrence. Also, ensure you don’t strike the cyst with a heavy object. Treating ganglion cysts at home should follow the guidance of your doctor.
Anyone can develop ganglion cysts. If you have an unexplainable growth on the hand or wrist that you suspect may be a ganglion cyst, book a consultation today at the Harley Clinic for an evaluation and to learn more about how to get rid of a ganglion cyst.
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