Ganglion Cysts - FAQ

Frequently asked questions

A: You should not attempt to pop a ganglion cyst at home as this could lead to an infection or injury.

Do consult a doctor, who can:

A: Yes, while ganglion cysts are fluid-filled lumps, some may be firm and hard. Depending on the individual, some ganglion cysts may also be soft to touch.

A: As you will be given some form of anaesthesia during your surgery, it is advised that you arrange for alternate transportation home.

A: Left untreated, a ganglion cyst may burst internally, such as after you experience a fall or some other form of impact.

Upon impact, the cyst will rupture, causing the fluid to spread and be absorbed back into your body. Typically, this will lead to the disappearance of the cyst, although recurrence can happen weeks to months later.

After a cyst has ruptured, you should not experience pain. Seek medical advice if you experience persistent pain and swelling after your cyst ruptures.

A: Ganglion cyst aspiration is a relatively painless procedure with little to no recovery time. Any pain experienced depends on the area treated and how sensitive it is. Cyst recurrence after aspiration is very common.

A: Ganglion cysts are treated by orthopaedic specialists, in particular those who treat hand, feet and wrist conditions.

A: The procedure of draining a ganglion cyst is called aspiration, and it is done by using a needle or syringe to remove the fluid from the cyst.

Do not attempt to drain your ganglion cyst at home as it may lead to infection or further injury.

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