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Ganglion Cyst Removal

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Ganglion cyst removal is surgery to remove a small fluid-filled sac that usually occurs in the hand, wrist, foot, or ankle.

WHILE YOU ARE HERE:

Before your surgery:

  • Informed consent is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that you may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done. Make sure all your questions are answered.
  • An IV is a small tube placed in your vein that is used to give you medicine or liquids.
  • Local or regional anesthesia is medicine to numb the surgery area. You may still feel pressure or pushing during surgery, but you should not feel any pain.

During your surgery:

Your surgeon will make 1 or more incisions near the cyst. He or she will use small tools to remove the cyst. Your surgeon may use an endoscope (scope with a camera) to help see the cyst. Your incision may be closed with stitches, or medical glue. Your incision will be covered with a bandage.

After your surgery:

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.

RISKS:

Your ganglion cyst may come back after treatment. Your scar could be painful. You may bleed too much or get an infection. You may have damage to your nerves or tendons that could lead to numbness or weakness.

CARE AGREEMENT:

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

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