What Are Ganglion Cysts of the Wrist?

Ganglion cysts are fluid-filled cysts that are most frequently seen on the back of the wrist. When cysts are small and come and go without symptoms, they typically do not require treatment. However, patients who have large, symptom-producing cysts that do not go away usually require treatment.

How Are Ganglion Cysts of the Wrist Treated?

Initial treatment is done using conservative, non-surgical measures. Immobilization is used to decrease pain and inflammation that is associated with movement. Aspiration is done to decrease cyst size and symptoms. During the quick procedure, an orthopedic specialist uses a needle to aspirate fluid from the cyst. Surgical treatment is used when non-surgical treatment proves to be ineffective. A ganglion cyst removal is a procedure used to remove the cyst and parts of surrounding structures. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis and usually takes less than an hour.

Other Things to Know About Ganglion Cysts:

  • Ganglion cysts are non-cancerous
  • The cause of ganglion cyst formation/development is unknown
  • Ganglion cysts are most common in patients between 15-40-years old

Ganglion cysts can also develop in the hand and fingers.