Hand Problems - Ganglion Cysts
Posted 05 March 2004 - 12:04 PM
Posted 05 March 2004 - 01:41 PM
Posted 06 March 2004 - 09:38 PM
Surgery ...3 days in hospital...3 weeks healed 3 months good as new...
never a problem since..
Posted 15 April 2004 - 11:13 AM
My type is one coming from the writs joints and not the tendons which is difficult to remove.
I'm a professional bluegrass banjo picker and this was really affecting my playing. I went to a ortho doc and he said that mine was set pretty deep in my writs and surgery would be pretty difficult. He gave me a prescription to Celebrex to reduce the swelling (didn't help). I've been living with it since then and the size really hasn't changed much. When I play I just bite the bullet and seem to have gotten over the pain.
I'm just now getting into playing the concertina and was sort of fearful of this being a problem. Maybe I should go get checked again.
How long was the recovery time from the surgery?
Posted 18 March 2006 - 09:27 AM
Edited by greenferry, 19 March 2006 - 05:38 PM.
Posted 19 March 2006 - 02:45 PM
Posted 19 March 2006 - 03:09 PM
1. Ganglion cysts can recur no matter what the treatment, including surgery.
if you don't remove the point of origin of the cyst capsule there's a chance of it recurring.
2. Avoid hitting the cyst with a book to bust it open -- you may have further complications to deal with.
3. Surgery is required in only a few cases, or for cosmetic reasons -- and it does not guarantee that the cyst won't come back.
4. Ganglion cysts commonly go away all by themselves if you leave them alone (and avoid or otherwise remedy the repetitive stressor that contributed to it in the first place).
"Most ganglia do not require treatment, and spontaneous regression is common. However, if the patient is disturbed by the cyst's appearance or if the ganglion is painful or tender, aspiration with or without injection of a corticosteroid suspension is effective in about 70% of patients with only a single aspiration. Only 12% ultimately need surgical excision. Traditional treatment of attempting to rupture the ganglion by hitting it with a book is not advisable owing to local injury without consistent benefit. If nonsurgical treatment fails, surgical excision may be indicated. Recurrence rates after surgical removal are between 6 and 50%."
Edited by greenferry, 19 March 2006 - 05:40 PM.
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