Ganglion cysts have now become very common. They can be identified as a lump on the hand, which will grow in joint spaces. These cysts look like balloons as they develop from the tissues that are surrounding the joints such as tendons, ligaments and the linings. The fluid that is found inside is slippery and thick which is similar to the fluid that lubricates the joints.
Ganglion cysts are harmless and can develop in various parts of your hand. However, the majority of the cysts will grow at the back of your wrist. Cysts that develop behind the wrist are called dorsal ganglion whereas a cyst growing on the side of the palm closest to the wrist is a volar ganglion.
Who gets ganglions?
These cysts are usually found in people between the ages of fifteen and forty years. This affects more women than men. This is only happens to people who use their wrist a lot and is undergoing a lot of stress.
What are the symptoms?
You will find a lump that is visible underneath the skin in smaller balloon like shape.
The ganglions normally do not have any symptoms. However, if it is placed on top of a nerve it might cause a little bit of discomfort, muscles will weaken and you feel a tingling sensation. If you find large cysts, then you will notice that it is not painful however they might not look as good.
What are the available treatment options available?
- The cyst will eventually disappear in time.
- Sometimes the cyst will become larger in size and the symptom will increase as well. You might have to wear a wrist brace so that you can be more comfortable and you will need to see a therapist.
- The fluid that is around the cyst can be drained out which will help reduce the pain temporarily.
- There are Ganglion surgery Singapore based that will be able to when non-surgical options do not work. Your doctor will advise when your stitches will be removed.
What are the complications that could happen?
The following complications could arise after surgery:
- An infection
- Damage to blood vessels, tendon or nerve
- A painful scar or pillar
- Recurrence of the cyst
Remember that after your surgery, you will not be able to lift anything for at least two weeks. This is to ensure that the operated area will heal completely and that you can avoid unnecessary complications. You will have to consult your doctor after two weeks and analyse the progress made. If the surgery is successful, you will be advised how you can start getting back into the normal routine of things.