Ganglion Cyst Foot Surgery Recovery Time
Ganglion Cyst Foot Surgery Recovery Time depends on where the surgery is performed. In most cases the ganglion cyst is on top of the midfoot or the big toe; this means you can walk almost immediately.
- The stitches should last about two weeks.
- Surgery is the best way to prevent recurrence of the cyst.
- Aspiration of the ganglion cyst usually leads to recurrence.
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Ganglion Cyst Foot Surgery Recovery Time is Usually Fast!
The recovery time of the ganglion cyst foot surgery depends on a couple of key considerations:
Most Common Ganglion Cyst Locations:
1)Is the Ganglionic cyst on top of the foot or on the bottom of the foot?
-If the ganglion cyst incision is on the top of the foot then you can probably start walking immediately after the surgery if the incision is fairly small, you will just have to wear a thick bandage and take some pain medication for the first couple of weeks until your sutures are able to be removed. This usually takes 7-14 days for suture removal and then it can take another 1-3 months for the wound to completely close up.
–If the ganglion cyst incision is on the bottom of the foot then you will probably be in an offloaded surgical shoe for 2-3 weeks (but still walking depending on the surgeon). This is a precaution take to prevent the would from opening up which could then lead to infection and serious wound closure problem in people with other system diseases like heart problems, diabetes or smokers.
2)Is the ganglion cyst extremely large or is it near a large nerve or blood vessel?
-Generally larger incision lines need a longer time to heal, the standard incision for a ganglion cyst is approximately 1-3 cm and results in about a week of swelling and then 2-3 months to strengthen the wound closure.
-If the ganglion cyst is near a large nerve or blood vessel, then the surgeon will likely take more precautions and advise you to be non-weight bearing and wear a large bandage.
3)Do you have any other health or social issues?
Smoking: This can delay healing time greatly, stop smoking and you will be off your feet a shorter time guaranteed!
Heart Disease and Diabetes: These two conditions will also have to be taken into consideration by your surgeon.
How much do you weigh? Usually someone who weighs 100 pounds does not have the same amount of problems healing of the someone who weighs 300 pounds. Usually the lighter the person, the faster you your overall, and the easier it will be for you to walk around without any significant problems.
What is your overall required activity level? Someone who doesn’t have any kids around the house, and does not have to walk stairs, and generally has a much easier time. For example, if you have four kids that you have to watch when you get home, odds are it will take a little bit longer to heal, and you will be sore for a longer period of time.
Are you an optimistic or depressed person? Generally, people who have a high energy level, and are optimistic people overall will have better long-term reported results.
-This procedure produces almost immediate healing time as it is just a needle stick, but the recurrence of the wound is almost guaranteed.
-The aspiration of a ganglion cyst generally takes about 15 minutes in the office. If imaging is performed of your foot and ankle, it is usually safe to aspirate it. But we usually do is cleanse the site, we do use in local anesthesia in terms of an numbing injection. At this point a syringe can be used to drain the cyst with essentially one poke!
-After aspiration of the ganglion cyst is performed, a biopsy of the fluid is performed. Sometimes there is the risk of a problem developing, such as a cancerous cell within the cyst. Sometimes it might not be a ganglion cyst. But don’t worry this is extremely rare, we want to be at 100% sure for you!
5)Ganglion Cyst Surgery:
Ganglion cyst surgery longer healing time than a ganglion cyst aspiration. The difference is taking one to two weeks to set up and operating room time, or perhaps even longer depending on how urgent the procedure is.
If an incision is made, he will have more swelling, and more pain. If an aspiration is made, there is basically no need for sutures and was simply a needle poked at the site.
If at all possible, we always try to aspirate first. In some circumstances the cyst can come back numerous times, and it doesn’t make sense to continue aspirating. Depending on numerous factors, such as the site, or the extent of the cyst, or if it is around a neurovascular structure, it will make sense to surgery rather than repeated injections or drainages.
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