How to Treat a Ganglionic Cyst

Help! I have a ganglionic cyst, now what?

If you’ve suddenly found yourself with a lump on your foot, or ankle, it’s only natural that you be concerned.

It may be that the bump isn’t anything serious to write home about and is just a ganglionic cyst.

Regardless, you’re probably eager to know whether or not ganglionic cysts go away. And if so, how long it takes for the cyst to disappear?

In this post, that’s what I’m going to answer as well as touch on the ganglionic cyst treatment options.

What Causes Ganglionic Cysts?

There is no definitive explanation as to why ganglionic cysts develop. However, one theory is that they sometimes occur when the tendon or tissue encircling a joint protrudes out of place.

You’re at greater risk of ganglion cysts if:

  • You’re a woman between 20 and 40 years of age,
  • You suffer from osteoarthritis or,
  • You’ve injured your joints or tendons previously.

So, what do you do if you find you’ve developed one of these lumps?

We’re glad you asked. Let’s consider some treatment options.

Ganglionic Cyst Treatment Options

It’s worth noting that ganglionic cysts in themselves are noncancerous lumps. When they press on surrounding nerves they can become quite painful and restrict joint movement. This is when medical intervention becomes critical.

Ganglionic cyst removal

Ganglionic cysts can be drained by a podiatrist using a needle. This is the primary method of removal.

It is also possible to surgically remove the cysts as well.

What happens if a ganglionic cyst is left untreated? Cysts can disappear much the same way as they appeared.

Worried About an Unknown Lump?

Do you suspect you might have a ganglionic cyst? Get in touch with me or request an appointment today to have it checked out.

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Disclaimer: Any information provided in this blog is not intended to replace medical advice given by qualified professionals.