Can you drain a ganglion cyst?

cyst on hand

A ganglion cyst is a lump filled with jellylike fluid. Although these lumps are not cancerous, they can be painful and inconvenient in some cases. If you have a ganglion cyst that is causing you problems, you may wonder whether your symptoms would improve if the cyst were drained.

Can Ganglion Cysts be Drained?

It is possible to drain the fluid from a ganglion cyst during a procedure known as “aspiration.” During this procedure, the surgeon will use a thin needle to remove all of the fluid from the cyst. However, it is important to note that the cyst may recur after it has been drained.

What Other Treatments Are Available?

Aspiration isn’t the only treatment available to people with ganglion cysts. In some cases, simply watching the cyst may be all the treatment that is required, especially if it isn’t causing any symptoms. In other cases, your doctor may recommend immobilizing the cyst so that it doesn’t get any larger. If you temporarily immobilize the area, the cyst may shrink, and the pressure on the surrounding nerves will be reduced.

In cases where ganglion cysts are severe and/or, other treatment options are not effective at eliminating symptoms, your hand doctor may recommend surgery to remove the cyst. During this procedure, the surgeon will remove the cyst and the stalk that attaches it. In some cases, cysts may still recur even after surgery. However, removing the cyst is the most effective way to eliminate all associated symptoms.

When Do Ganglion Cysts Need Treatment?

Not all ganglion cysts require invasive treatment. If you aren’t sure whether your cyst and its symptoms warrant professional treatment, the best way to learn more is to make an appointment with a specialist. Please contact the Florida Hand Center to schedule a free hand screening today.