Ganglion cysts are fluid-filled growths that commonly develop on the dorsal surface of the foot. Although these lumps are mostly benign, they can get in the way of the normal functioning of the foot. A large ganglion cyst can cause pain and make it difficult to fit the foot in the shoe. Treatment of such type of growths becomes necessary to resume a comfortable life.
Surgery for Ganglion Cysts
Ganglion cysts sometimes go away on their own without any medical or surgical interventions. But in about 50-60% of the cases, these cysts persist and cause symptoms. If the ganglion makes it difficult to move or bear weight on the foot, checking in with a professional foot doctor is recommended.
After a thorough assessment of your condition, your doctor will decide the best treatment option for you. Usually, the fluid-filled cyst is aspirated using a fine needle. This not only helps to relieve the pain and break the cyst but it also helps to collect the fluid for further evaluation of the nature of the growth. The histology of the fluid could point to a more serious underlying problem.
However, for many patients simple aspiration does not help. Surgical removal of the cyst done under local anaesthesia is then advised.
Proper post-operative care is important for a speedy recovery. Patients will be required to opt for more open shoes and keep their wound dressing on for about two weeks for the quicker resumption of mobility and daily activities.