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Recurrence of a Ganglion Cyst | Ask the Expert
Unfortunately, recurrence of a <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/healthcenter/Articles.page?R=sw3-82391">ganglion cyst</a> is not that uncommon. The options are still the same. You can live with it if it doesn't hurt very much. You can potentially have it drained. Or, you can have it excised again. Recurrences do occur, even with experienced hand surgeons. The published recurrence rate is 6%. If you had it removed by someone other than an experienced hand surgeon, maybe its time to see one. <strong>Read more:</strong> <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/medicallibrary/MedLibrary.page?medlib=1&section=healthinfo&page=article&sgml_id=tw1694">Aspiration of a Ganglion</a> <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/medicallibrary/MedLibrary.page?medlib=1&section=healthinfo&page=article&sgml_id=tw1675">Surgical Removal of Ganglions</a>
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I had wrist surgery in January for a ganglion cyst on inside of my wrist. It was painful and affected my quality of life. It was healing well until six weeks ago. The cyst has returned and is causing the same symptoms prior to surgery. What can I do?

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Joshua Richards, MD, MPHJoshua Richards, MD, MPHOrthopedic SurgeryAlta Bates Summit Medical Center
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Joshua Richards, MD, MPHOrthopedic SurgeryAlta Bates Summit Medical Center

Dr. Richards is a Clinical Instructor of upper extremity trauma at the University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco General Hospital. He received his Medical Degree at New York Medical College. Dr. Richards volunteers locally for Operation Access, providing upper extremity care for Bay Area’s uninsured population. He has also volunteered in Africa as well as joined the disaster relief teams in Haiti.

Unfortunately, recurrence of a ganglion cyst is not that uncommon.

The options are still the same. You can live with it if it doesn't hurt very much. You can potentially have it drained. Or, you can have it excised again.

Recurrences do occur, even with experienced hand surgeons. The published recurrence rate is 6%. If you had it removed by someone other than an experienced hand surgeon, maybe its time to see one.

Read more:
Aspiration of a Ganglion
Surgical Removal of Ganglions

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