Non-operative Ganglion Cyst Treatment

Since many ganglion cysts shrink and become painless without any treatment, a physician may just want to observe its progress. If, however, the cyst is deemed unsightly, becomes painful, or makes it difficult for one to use the hand, a doctor may decide to treat it, or if necessary, remove it surgically.

In order to shrink the cyst, a doctor may simply remove the fluid with a needle. To relieve pain, he may also give the patient an anti-inflammatory, such as cortisone, to help alleviate the irritation. The treated hand may then be wrapped to help prevent the cyst from coming back, although recurrence is very common in this setting.

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