Ganglion CystsA ganglion cyst is a non-cancerous fluid-filled lump on the wrist or hand. Ganglion cysts are very common, and many people get them at some point in their lives. They most often occur on the back or palm side of the wrist and the base of a finger.
Most of the time, ganglion cysts do not require treatment as they go away on their own. However, if a cyst becomes unsightly or painful, treatment may be needed.
TreatmentA ganglion cyst can be treated by massaging the cyst fluid back into the surrounding tissue or by draining the cyst fluid with a needle.
If the cyst returns after treatment, surgical removal is often the next step. During surgery, the surgeon cuts out the cyst as well as a section of tissue around the cyst. This is to prevent another cyst from forming. Recovery is quick and easy, and the patient is able to return home after a few hours.