Ganglion Cysts with Dr. David Haueisen

Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 in Videos

Ganglion cysts are growths that can affect people of all ages and walks of life. Dr. David Haueisen of Signature Orthopedics South County sheds some light on this condition and options for treating it.


My name is Dr. David Haueisen. I'm a hand surgeon and an orthopedic surgeon.

A ganglion cyst is a common growth. The cyst is like a little balloon. It'll come and go in size. Sometimes when people are more active it'll get bigger and sometimes when they rest it'll go away.

Sometimes a cyst will just spontaneously go away. They tend to form on their own and they go away on their own.

A ganglion cyst can technically arise from any joint but they're most commonly seen around the wrist. They have almost no relationship to age. They can be seen anytime. They're a fairly common occurrence around all walks of life

Some people will have a cyst for many years and never have any pain at all with it. So we never tell people that they have to take the cyst out. If it doesn't hurt them, nothing needs to be done. They never become cancerous.

Other people have cysts that hurt if they put pressure on it. If you have a cyst that's causing symptoms of pain or perhaps stiffness, then it's certainly reasonable to try to address that cyst either with a cortisone shot or with surgery to take out the root of the cyst.

The surgery is typically done either by numbing the arm or sometimes we'll do this under a general anesthetic. Some people can go back to work in just a few days if they're not doing heavy kind of things. We usually splint the wrist for about 5 to 7 days. After that we can start to move the wrist around and get the stiffness out. Depending on the kind of closure of the wound, the stitches may be in for 1 week or sometimes 2 weeks.

You can never guarantee that a cyst can't come back. Sometimes you might form another one next to it. But most of the time, the recurrence is probably 3 to 4 percent.