Aspiration of a Ganglion Cyst Procedure and Recovery Time
Aspiration of a Ganglion Cyst Procedure and Recovery Time : Aspiration is usually the first procedure discussed in attempting to remove a ganglion cyst at your podiatrist or physician’s office. This technique involves simply penetrating the nodule of fluid and draining it. It is a very easy and safe procedure to perform that can be done in approximately 15 minutes at the podiatrist’s office after the anesthetic has set it. You can walk on your foot almost immediately unless it is in a sensitive area. Thus except for wound healing, recovery time is very short!
Ganglion Cyst Aspiration Procedure:
The patients are evaluated 1st at the podiatrists office to make sure what they really have is a ganglion cyst and when the podiatrist is sure that htis is what it is, they will apply some local anesthetic to the skin of the patient to numb the skin before the needle stick.
- The podiatrist then gets an 18, 22 or 25 gauge needle attached to a 10 ml or more surgery and penetrated the cyst.
- The podiatrist then slowly removes the fluid by sucking it back into the needle chamber
- The podiatrist may choose to inject a analgesic medication such as corticosteroid into the joint aft the fluid has been withdrawn to decrease inflammation.
- A dressing is then applied to the needle stick site, but usually some anti-biotic ointment and a bandage may be applied.
- The patient will remain for another 20 minutes just to make sure there is no reaction to the treatment.
Ganglion Cyst Aspiration Recovery Time:
The patient is usually completely free to go after the needle aspiration has taken place with no recovery time beyond a sore needle stick. The only potential for a longer recovery time is if it is in a sensitive area.
- Almost no recovery time!
To consider Aspiration vs simply leaving the cyst, or aspiration vs removal surgery follow this guide!
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