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Ganglion Cyst Removal


Ganglion cyst removal is surgery to remove a small fluid-filled sac that usually occurs in the hand, wrist, foot, or ankle. In some cases, it can occur in other parts of the body.


Follow up with your healthcare provider or surgeon as directed:

You may need to return to have your stitches or bandage removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Wound care:

Keep your surgical incision clean and dry. Ask your healthcare provider or surgeon how to care for your wound and when you can bathe. Check for signs of infection, such as redness or swelling, when you clean your wound.


Avoid strenuous work and heavy lifting for several weeks or as directed by your healthcare provider or surgeon. You may be able to do light activities and light lifting. Ask what activities are okay for you to do.

Contact your healthcare provider or surgeon if:

  • You have a fever.
  • Your wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
  • You have numbness or tingling of the arm, hand, leg, or foot.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • You cannot move your arm, hand, leg, or foot.

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