Ganglion Cyst – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Neagle is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in treating various conditions of the hand and wrist. Patients in Carrollton, TX can visit the doctor for complete treatment and diagnosis of conditions like Ganglion Cyst, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Wrist Fracture etc.

Ganglion Cyst

A Ganglion Cyst is a lump above the wrist that looks like a tumor and is filled with liquid. It may quickly change its size/shape and in some cases start to interfere with the normal functioning of the wrist joint. A Ganglion Cyst may be formed at either side of the wrist or at the base of the fingers.

Causes Of Ganglion Cyst

  • Arthritis
  • Continuous stress on the wrist by gymnasts
  • Females between the age group of 40 -80
  • Trauma that causes tissue in the wrist to breakdown

Symptoms Of Ganglion Cyst

  • Sudden swelling that may appear and disappear
  • Acute pain
  • Weakness in the affected area
  • Tingling sensation

Diagnosis Of Ganglion Cyst

The doctor begin by applying pressure on the lump to evaluate the stiffness of the cyst. For further clarification, the doctor may ask the patient about the onset of the Ganglion. In case the patient has been experiencing pain, X-Rays and MRI scans may be suggested to have a clear view of the underlying condition.

Treatment For Ganglion Cyst

Non-Surgical Treatment

  • Observation – Initially the doctor may ask the patient to carefully scrutinize the condition and see if it changes in appearance, or there is reduction in pain.
  • Immobilization – Patients may be asked to wear splints or braces to limit wrist’s motion. This may help to prevent lump from growing and putting pressure on nerves. It may also eliminate the pain that aggravates with wrist movement.
  • Aspiration – In this procedure, the fluid is drained off from the lump by puncturing it with a needle. This reduces pain and discomfort in the wrist.

Surgical Treatment

Surgery may be recommend when conventional mode of treatment fails to provide relief from the symptoms. The procedure involves the removal of tendon along with soft tissues that serve as the root of the ganglion cyst. It is a form of outpatient surgery and the patient may get back home in few hours. To speed up the recovery process and improve wrist’s range of motion, the doctor may ask the patients to perform certain rehabilitation exercises.

For complete treatment and diagnosis of Ganglion Cyst, consult Dr. Charles Neagle. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon, call at (972) 492 – 1334.