Post # 1
So I have a small ganglion cyst on my ring finger, right where my finger meets my palm. It has grown in size but it is not noticable at all to anyone unless they feel it. I had scheduled surgery to have it removed but then chickend out. I thought that maybe it would just go away on its own because I read on websites that it is a possibility. Unfortunately, it has really started to hurt my whole hand recently and I am thinking I should have gone for it.
Has anyone ever had one? Did it disappear or did you have surgery to remove it? I am trying to figure out what to do. Thanks for the input!
Post # 3
My mom has had them a few times before on her foot. She took the old-fashioned approach of smashing it with a dictionary.
Post # 4
I had one on my foot. It was deeply rooted, so I had it removed with surgery.
Post # 5
My FI gets them in his wrist and they usually pop on their own and we once used a textbook to smash it They do come back since they refill with fluid and lucky for him they usually only start to hurt right before they’re ready to burst on their own. If it’s really hurting you, see if you can get it drained if you are afraid of the surgery but it may eventually refill and you may need to get it surgically removed anyway.
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Get a second opinion and ask them the pros and cons of watchful waiting versus surgery.
Post # 7
I have one on my right wrist.
My doctor said unless it affects my mobility or really bugs me it’s not worth messing with it to lance/remove it. Lancing it, it’ll just come right back.
Something kinda cool, he said the fluid inside it is a really pretty green/teal color!! I don’t know how true that is! Lol
Post # 8
Thanks everyone for the responses! I don’t know if I would do the whole dictionary approach but I have heard of it! It’s just not in a smashable spot- I’d end up breaking my hand! I am thinking of getting a second opinion. They told me because of the size, I can’t get it drained. The needle would go through the whole cyst because it’s too small. It’s about the size of a pea. Ahh I’m so grossed out at the thought! haha
@hotchildinthecity: How was the surgery? They said it would take a few weeks of recovery and would be painful for a while. They even said that I might have to go through some physical therapy. How did the whole process go for you?
Post # 9
I used to have one on my wrist back in high school. It didn’t really hurt or get in the way of anything, but I was pretty self-conscious about it. One day I accidentally fell on my wrist and popped it… haven’t seen it since.
Post # 10
I have one on my forearm. They’re hereditary in my case. I haven’t done anything because mine isn’t very noticeable.
Post # 11
The surgery was okay. It went really fast. The recovery time was longer because it was on the bottom of my foot, making it difficult to walk. The only problem is, I developed a large mass of scar tissue. It doesn’t hurt or anything, but I’m wondering if it could have been prevented?
Post # 12
I had it inside my mouth once. I kept biting my cheek and eventually the lump didn’t go away anymore. I had local anaesthetic and they cut and cauterized it. Hasn’t been back since! It was pretty painless, just weird because it was in my mouth.
Post # 13
Had one on tha back of my hand once a long time ago. It went away on its own eventually.
Post # 14
I had one on my wrist, and I had it surgically removed. It didn’t really bother me much, but I also had carpal tunnel surgery done at the same time, or I probably wouldn’t have had it done. The carpal tunnel part of the surgery is what I remember the most, so I don’t have any advice on that, sorry 🙁 I didn’t have any problems with recovery for that, although I did have to wear a brace, so I’m not sure if that made a difference. I have a scar about an inch long from it. My mom had the same problem with a cyst in the same spot, and hers broke on its own once but came back and then she had it surgically removed. If it’s causing pain and is restricting movement, you probably should check into having it removed. I believe it’s fairly common, and not complex. Good luck!
Post # 15
@Regina Phalange: Same here!
I used to have one on my wrist 5 years ago. It popped during an athletic event when I fell and someone landed on my wrist…hasn’t come back. *knocks on wood*
Post # 16
I had 2 removed – one on my wrist and one on the back of my neck. They bothered me at the time. Surgery wasn’t bad at all for either one. The one on my neck came back but it doesn’t hurt so I am leaving it alone.