Ganglion Cyst Foot Surgery Recovery Time

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.

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Ganglion Cyst Foot Surgery Recovery Time

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.

4)Ganglion Cyst Aspiration

-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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The Modern Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist Doctor):Today's podiatrist is required to undergo rigorous medical training that licenses them as physicians with equivalent legal standing to the MD and DO degree (These are physician recognized licenses most common only in the USA). Although admittedly the training does differ between the three degrees. The differences are listed below.In Michigan Podiatrists are trained and authorized to perform surgery in the foot and ankle up to the tibial tubercle below the knee.All our podiatrists and foot doctors have undergone rigorous training including a 4 undergraduate college degree, writing the medical school entrance exam (MCAT), followed by a 4 year medical school degree (DPM - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine),Once podiatrists in the USA complete the rigorous 4 year medical school courses, they are required to complete a minimum of 3 years of a surgical and non-surgical residency program. Some podiatrists and foot doctors then choose to go on to further fellowship training specializing in various forms of specialty such as diabetic surgery or reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.The training is not over yet! Each podiatrist must be judged by a governing body where they submit their surgical cases and are reviewed regularly to ensure excellent results. This is a career long evaluation with board qualifications and certifications every few years.So have faith that today's podiatrist is your best choice for your foot and ankle problems! We are able to approach you foot and ankle problems from a non-surgery perspective, but that when necessary we can provide you with the treatment that you need!All articles written by this account are considered to be for educational purposes only. It is impossible for us to truly assess your condition and the advice we give here is meant to give you a basis to then follow up with your podiatrist and foot doctor later.If you have any questions at all, or there is anything that we can help you with, please feel free to contact our office or email us. Podiatrists provide medically necessary treatment which should be covered by valid insurance plans, we are not a cosmetic or elective medical specialty.