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lqcorsa 08-16-2008 02:39 PM

Ganglion Cyst

Last Wednesday I had a Ganglion Cyst removed from my right wrist with a complete extraction of the cyst under general anesthesia. It was very large, I had it for at least a month and a half before it was considered serious by the doctors, and it was within the wrist joint. Also, a leg extended out of the cyst, shot halfway up my arm, and attached itself to my arm bone. The recovery could be better, although I suppose it could be worse. I have Vicodin, as well as an antihistamine, that the doctors say is supposed to boost the power of the Vicodin. Personally I only get about 5% relief from the pain relievers. They put me in a full arm, cotton cast, with a hard plaster top, wrapped in an ACE bandage. Since I began swelling, and I didn't have any more room in the cast to swell, plus the cast was rubbing against the incision, I took off the plaster part of it, snipped off about 1/4 of the cotton on the opposite end of my wrist, loosened some of the fibers, and re-wrapped it in the ACE bandage.

Now the doctors told me the following things over the past 3 days: The incision needs to be checked 3 days after the procedure for infection. The cast will be on for 2 weeks. The cast may be completely removed. Do not disturb the incision.

My questions are:
How safe is it to expose the incision?
How long would you expect me to be in this cast?
How great are the risks of infection?
What is that red liquid they gave me, that made me so hammered that I was seeing double??

drs 08-16-2008 03:52 PM

Re: Ganglion Cyst
Staph infection is one scary kind of infection, that would be the worst of your worries for infection. Every one carries it on their skin this why washing and gloves are so important. Three days isn't too bad, but I'm not having to go through what you are. I can't believe that cysts went up in your arm that way. Wow, that was really growing. I have no idea what red liquid it is your talking about, sorry.

twokatss 08-16-2008 04:27 PM

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I had an egg sized ganglion removed from my leg. It too had grown legs and attached it self to the muscles all the way up my thigh.
Instead of an one inch cut I had a 8 inch incision. It was so painful and I was off work 6 weeks instead of one week....cruthches for 3 of them and then a cane. I am upset that the DR did not realize this could be this big.
No xrays were taken. Just a look at it and out it had to come. I will be much more questionable if this ever happens again...

drs 08-16-2008 05:16 PM

Re: Ganglion Cyst
I'd say to get it checked when it's the size of a pea if you ever get another one. Yeaowch!

texan1771 08-24-2008 06:13 AM

Re: Ganglion Cyst
The red liquid is versed and it is the bomb anytime they have to put in a IV for me they have to give me some,my veins are severley chemo burned.Its a wonder drug.;)

TigerJon 08-27-2008 02:25 PM

Re: Ganglion Cyst
About five years ago I started getting acute pain on the outer side of my right leg just below the knee joint (at about the head of my tibia). At times it would become very uncomfortable. I went to an orthopedist and after x-rays nothing could be determined as to what it was. After a month or two the pain subsided and from time to time it would return but it would last for only a few days to go away again. About two years ago I noticed there was a knot in the same area (I figured it had to be related) so I went to my general practitioner who called for an MRI. The results of the MRI showed it to be a ganglion cyst and the doctor said because of it's size (a bit smaller than a ping pong ball) in order to have it removed it would require being opened up. He said it is nothing to be concerned with (he said it is a type of cyst that is benign). Based on the fact it rarely bothers me any more I have decided against it. Should I be getting a second opinion? Thanks.


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