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Dermal Cyst Excision

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 5, 2023.

What do I need to know about dermal cyst excision?

A dermal cyst excision is a procedure to remove a cyst that has grown under your skin.

How do I prepare for dermal cyst excision?

  • Your healthcare provider will talk to you about how to prepare. He or she may tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your procedure. Arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure.
  • Tell your provider about all medicines you currently take. He or she will tell you if you need to stop any medicine for the procedure, and when to stop. He or she will tell you which medicines to take or not take on the day of your procedure.
  • Tell your provider if you have any allergies. Tell him or her if you had an allergic reaction to any medicine or anesthesia.
  • You may need blood tests, an ultrasound, a CT scan, or an MRI. Tell your provider if you had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid. Do not enter the MRI room with anything metal. Metal can cause serious damage. Tell your provider if you have any metal in or on your body.

What will happen during dermal cyst excision?

  • An incision will be made on or around your cyst. Your healthcare provider will use his or her fingers to push the fluid out of the cyst. He or she will then use a tool to remove the rest of the cyst sac. If your cyst is infected, he or she may drain it first and then remove it completely another time.
  • The incision may be closed with stitches or left open to heal. A bandage will be placed over your incision to keep it clean and dry, and to prevent infection.

What should I expect after dermal cyst removal?

You will be taken to a room to rest until you are fully awake. Healthcare providers will monitor you closely for any problems. Do not get out of bed until your healthcare provider says it is okay. Medicines may be given to prevent or treat pain, a bacterial infection, or swelling.

What are the risks of dermal cyst removal?

You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. A scar may develop as the incision heals. The scar may become large and raised. Your stitches may come apart. Blood may build up in the incision area and cause a large, swollen bruise. The nerves near your incision may be damaged.

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