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What is the follow-up for ganglion cysts?

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After you have been diagnosed with a ganglion cyst and have chosen to have treatment, follow-up will be based on what you have chosen to do. For example:

  • After simple aspiration, your doctor may ask you to start moving the joint soon after the procedure.
  • After surgery, your joint will probably be splinted for up to 7 to 10 days. A splint is a hard wrap that will keep you from moving your joint. Recent studies show that splinting for a long period of time doesn't really help, and use of the joint soon after treatment is being encouraged.
  • Your doctor may ask you to return for a check-up after your surgery and will decide if physical or occupational therapy is needed. Follow-up care will be based on your personal needs.

From: Ganglion Cyst WebMD Medical Reference

Author: Elisa Aumont, MD, consulting staff, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center. Coauthor(s): Verena Valley, MD, director of ultrasound, associate professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Mississippi School of Medicine. Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, assistant professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Ron Fuerst, MD, clinical assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of South Carolina College of Medicine, and director, Children's Emergency Center, Children's Hospital of Richland Memorial Hospital.  




Gude, W. ,  December 2008. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med

Ganglion Cyst from eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 12, 2017

Author: Elisa Aumont, MD, consulting staff, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center. Coauthor(s): Verena Valley, MD, director of ultrasound, associate professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Mississippi School of Medicine. Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, assistant professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Ron Fuerst, MD, clinical assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of South Carolina College of Medicine, and director, Children's Emergency Center, Children's Hospital of Richland Memorial Hospital.  




Gude, W. ,  December 2008. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med

Ganglion Cyst from eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 12, 2017

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