Ganglion Cyst Specialist in New Jersey
A ganglion cyst, which is a small sac of liquid, occurs on the top of a joint or the covering of a tendon. These often small cysts appear as little bumps on the skin’s surface, but can often grow within the deeper tissue, and can even “sprout” multiple cysts from a shared stem. These cysts most commonly occur on the backs of the hand at the wrist joint, but can also be found at the base of the fingers on the palm, the fingertip, the outside of the knee and ankle, and the top of the foot.
Despite studies into its origins, the cause of ganglion cysts is not known. Studies suggest that the development of the cysts may be caused by trauma, causing the tissue to break down and form into a larger, more obvious mass. Another theory revolves around a flaw in the patient’s joint that causes the joint tissue to bulge out.
A ganglion cyst will be visible on the surface of the skin, and appear as a small bump or mass that may change size over time depending on how it swells. It is normally a soft mass, ranging in size from 1-3 cm in diameter, and will feel that it is fixed in place. Most ganglion cysts cause some form of pain due to their location, but 1 in 3 cases of ganglion cysts experience no pain associated with the cyst. In the remaining cases, pain is often experienced following motion of the joint where the cyst has developed.
Many times, ganglion cysts may disappear on their own, only to reoccur months or even years later in the same spot. For patients who have larger than normal Ganglion cysts, aspiration may be utilized to drain the cyst of its contents and relieve pressure caused by swelling. Aspiration is performed by inserting a needle to the cyst and drawing the liquid materials out, followed by a steroidal injection to reduce swelling. If aspiration does not work, an outpatient procedure to remove the cysts may be performed, and the joint will remain splinted for up to 2 weeks to allow the joint to heal around the surgery site.
It may just seem like a small bump to you, but Ganglion cysts should not be ignored. NJOI’s team of hand and wrist specialists can get you on the right path to pain-free activities and hobbies. Come visit one of our convenient locations in North and Central New Jersey. Our offices are located in Butler, Wayne, Morristown, Bridgewater, and Clifton. Call us today at 973-273-3431 to schedule an appointment today!
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Vincent K. McInerney, M.D.
Founding member, Vincent K. McInerney, M.D., graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 1977 with honors as one of the top medical students in his class.
Anthony Festa, M.D.
Dr. Anthony Festa is an orthopaedic surgeon in his seventh year of practice at the New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute.
Anthony J. Scillia, M.D.
Anthony J. Scillia M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty certification in sports medicine.
Robert M. Palacios, M.D.
SPORTS MEDICINE PHYSICIAN
Dr. Robert Palacios is board-certified and fellowship trained, and has been specializing in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine for over two decades.
Craig Wright, M.D.
ORTHOPAEDIC TRAUMA SURGEON
Craig Wright, MD joins New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute by way of Totowa, NJ where he was born and raised.
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