Ganglion Cyst Removal

If you're looking into Ganglion Cyst Removal, there's really only one removal option, and that's surgery.

You can hit the cyst with a big book (thus the nickname 'Bible Cyst'), you can have it drained with a needle and syringe, but if you want to actually -remove- the cyst, ganglion cyst surgery is the only option.

But surgery to remove a ganglion cyst has its downsides. Granted, so does drainage and bursting it with a bible.

Ganglion Cyst Removal Options

There are a variety of ways to treat a ganglion cyst, but really only one 'removal' option.

Non-Option #1 Drainage with a needle and syringe

A ganglion cyst is a fluid filled pocket of connective tissue. As it's ultimately the increasing amount of fluid that causes pain and problem, a doctor can insert a needle through the bubble of connective tissue and suck the fluid out with an attached syringe.

This removes fluid, decreases pressures and essentially deflates the 'lump'.

But draining a cyst does not get rid of the dynamic that causes the cyst, and sooner or later chances are (incredibly high) that the fluid will build up again and fill the connective tissue capsule.

Technically you could do this yourself with the right gear, but personally I wouldn't, for a variety of reasons.

Non-Option #2 Whack that cyst with a bible

Back in the day people would have a doctor, friend, or loved one hit their ganglion cyst with a bible, as they were big, heavy, and generally soft covered tools and every house had one.

It doesn't have to be a bible, but it does have to be a big heavy book. Soft bound is probably better, and if it's a hard cover book make sure not to get hit with the sharp corner. And take care that you don't get your wrist broken from someone hitting your wrist too hard.

Bible thumping a bible cyst does burst the thin connective tissue shell holding the fluid, and if it all works out right the lump is gone instantly.

But again, while the fluid is instantly released into the surrounding tissue and filtered out through the return system, the shell is still there, and the factors that caused the ganglion cyst are still in place.

Plus there's a small chance of injury from the sudden rupture of the cyst, depending on a few factors. See: Ganglion Cyst

Technically this is the cheapest and easiest ganglion cyst removal treatment. But predictably just like needle drainage, over some amount of time, the fluid will build up again.

The Only Option for Ganglion Cyst Removal

Ganglion cyst surgery is the real removal method.

You can drain a cyst, but that leaves the connective tissue bubble that holds the fluid.

Surgery to remove a ganglion cyst removes the entire pocket of connective tissue and the fluid it contains. Thus…'removal'.

While hitting a cyst with a heavy book is cheap, free, and easy, it does have some danger involved. Surgery does too. It cuts into the flesh which actively creates a wound, and it removes tissue.

Not only will this hurt (depending on the size of the cyst and how much connective tissue has formed and attached to surrounding tissue) but there's a small chance of something like nerve damage if the cutting tools happens to cut on. The cyst can be in a variety of locations, so it just all depends on the anatomy.

Aside from pain and damage/injury from surgery, even though the cyst itself has been removed, history shows that it's incredibly likely that the ganglion cysts will grow back. Probably it will take longer than if you just drained or ruptured it, but ganglion cyst removal via surgery does not magically get rid of everything that CAUSED the ganglion cyst to form in the first place.

And those forces will cause it to form again (most likely).

Ganglion Cyst Removal Factors To Consider

Surgery as a ganglion cyst treatment may or may not be the best option for you, but it's up to you to decide.

The important factors are:

1. How big and how entrenched is the ganglion cyst.

2. How big of a problem is the cyst to your life?

3. Balance the pain/problem against how much pain/problem the surgery will cause, how fast to recovery, chance of nerve damage, etc.

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