Wrist Ganglion Cyst Surgery


If you have a wrist ganglion cyst you may have a noticeable bump on your wrist. This bump is oftentimes not painful however sometimes it can press on a nerve nearby causing pain. If your ganglion cyst is painful you may also experience tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness. Orlando Hand Surgery Associates can help relieve your pain, tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness with our wrist ganglion cyst surgery.

How to Prepare for Surgery

We may ask that you quit taking certain medications like aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs a few days before surgery. Make sure we know what medications you take regularly. Plan to wear loose-fitting clothes that are easy to change into after surgery.


During this surgery, a local or regional anesthetic will numb your hand while you stay awake. If you’re anxious we can provide medicine to help you relax. We will create a small incision on the bump and remove the cyst and stalk which attaches to the joint or tendon. Stitches close the incision and you will leave with your wrist wrapped to protect the incision site. You will be able to return home after your surgery.


You will be asked to keep the wound dressed for one to two weeks until you can return to get your stitches out. You may have a scar after surgery however it will get less noticeable over time.


The cyst is removed providing a more cosmetic look for your wrist and causing less pain.


Possible complications include infection, blood loss, and nerve damage as with any surgery.


Ganglion cysts often occur in women between the ages of 20 and 40 years old, however, they can develop in anyone. Also, people who have injured joints or tendons are at an increased chance of getting ganglion cysts. After surgery, while the cyst is removed, there is a chance the cyst can return.