Wrist surgery/ganglion cyst

  • HryMscLNyc

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    Feb 14, 2007 4:43 PM GMT
    Hey guys. I'm recovering from a ganglian cyst operation on my wrist. The cyst was at the base of my right thumb and was removed a couple of weeks ago. Anyone else had one of these operations? Had the stitches out yesterday but it still hurts like hell. I can't put much pressure on it at all ( as in attempted pushup etc). Anyone else have issues after this surgery. I realize I am still in the early stages of recovery but I am going crazy not being able to lift@!!
    Suggestions?
    M
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    Feb 14, 2007 9:59 PM GMT
    Usually, ganglions will go away spontaneously. That's always been my personal experience.
  • HryMscLNyc

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    Feb 15, 2007 3:49 PM GMT
    this one wasn't goin anywhere and was causing pain in my wrist tendons so we opted to rip it out...ouch!
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    Feb 16, 2007 8:08 PM GMT
    Maybe you should take the opportunity to explore an alternate sport for a season. It might be a good thing.

    I had surgery there, but it was so long ago, I can't even remember how long it took to heal. I do remember that an amazing thickness of skin on my palm had to slough away before the new "mended" tissue came to the surface.
  • dfrourke

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    Feb 17, 2007 7:37 AM GMT
    ...hmmm...

    I have had one on my left wrist which has been there for about 15 years...my doctor advised against surgery as she said they have a propensity to return...

    ...so I still have mine...what made you decide surgery as an option...just curious...

    - David
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    Feb 17, 2007 12:10 PM GMT
    I had mine through kayaking and seemed to be aggravated by biking and rock-climbing. Tried whacking it with the bible, Doc's first suggestion years ago, didn't work. It came and went on my left wrist for 5 years. Had the cycst popped with a sterile needle and sucked dry when I was in Aussie 2years ago, but returned. Last year had it injected with a steroid rather than the operation, it disappeared 3 days later, returned 3 weeks after that, and now dissapeared for good. (touch wood). Give yr training a wide berth, if it's sore it's still mending...patience fella!
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    Feb 17, 2007 5:46 PM GMT
    I had one surgically removed from the top of my foot about a year and a half ago. Like you, it was too painful to just let it go. The surgery and initial recovery were literally painless, but later on the tendons and probably the incision itself felt "tight" for a couple of months, but now I have no problems with it. Be patience, it takes time to heal.
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    Mar 16, 2007 9:43 AM GMT
    Ganglian cysts are caused by creases inthe synovial capsule, which with repeatitive stress, traps some of the synovial fluid to form a cyst... Over time the fluid can thicken. Surgeons usually do not fo surgery unless it is on the palmar side near any neurovascular bundle. It sound like yours was near the Median Nerve, specifically the thenar branch.

    It needs to heal and it can still come back... Gentle ROm is OK but no severe stretching or pressure on the area, this will blanch out fluid, which means decreased circulation = slow healing. On top pf that, pressure can be truamtic to the area and that will cause more inflammation, which means even slower healing.

    Go to your surgeon if y oaure concerned, and have hi prescribe you hand therapy with a certified hand therapist...