Ganglion in Houston, TX

Dr. Joseph Perlman offers ganglion treatment to patients throughout Spring, Houston, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Conroe, Pasadena, Baytown, and the surrounding areas.

What Is Ganglion?

Ganglion refers to a fluid-filled sac, or cyst, which occurs on your joints or the covering of your tendon. The fluid inside the cyst is typically a thick, colorless jelly-like liquid. Ganglion cysts are also known as “Bible cysts,” and women are more likely to develop the condition. The majority of cases occur in people who are between the ages of 20 and 40 years old. The cysts are more visible when you flex your wrist.

How Do I Know If I Have Ganglion?

Ganglion cysts typically appear on the wrist joint. Less common sites for ganglion cysts include at the base of your fingers, your fingertips, on the outside of your knee or ankle, and on the top of your foot. Ganglion cysts typically change size and feel soft to the touch. You may experience swelling around the cyst as well as discomfort, including aches and weakness.

How Is Ganglion Treated?

Dr. Perlman begins the diagnosis process by examining the lump. He may also draw fluid from the cyst using a syringe or recommend additional tests to determine the nature of the cyst. Some ganglion cysts do not require treatment. Dr. Perlman advises you as to the severity of your ganglion cysts and recommends monitoring or treatment. While most ganglion cysts resolve over time, some require medical intervention. Removing the fluid from the cyst with a sterile syringe may resolve the condition. More advanced cases, however, may require surgery. Dr. Perlman typically recommends surgery to patients who have a great deal of discomfort as a result of their ganglion cysts.

What Does Recovery Entail After Treatment for Ganglion?

If Dr. Perlman recommends treatment by removing the fluid inside the ganglion cyst with a syringe, your recovery may involve regular exercises to move the affected joint. If you undergo surgery for your ganglion cyst, you may be required to wear a splint for up to 10 days. During your follow-up appointment, Dr. Perlman discusses your post-surgical recovery, including physical therapy.

What Are Ganglion Treatment Costs?

Ganglion cysts require a broad range of treatment options, and your costs depend on the extent of the condition. Call our office today to schedule a consultation appointment, and we will discuss your payment options. Please visit our finance page if you would like to know more about payment options.

Dr. Perlman has over 20 years’ experience in the treatment of all acute and reconstructive hand conditions. He has completed fellowships in Microsurgery and Hand Surgery and has a certificate for Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery from the American Board of Surgery. He is a member of the Houston Hand Society, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and American Association of Hand Surgeons and has presented papers and taught instructional courses to other hand surgeons.

Dr. Perlman enjoys working with his patients, and he looks forward to meeting you to develop an appropriate treatment plan for your ganglion cysts. We welcome men and women who live in Spring, Houston, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Conroe, Pasadena, and Baytown, as well as other nearby locations.

Dr. Joseph Perlman

At The Advanced Plastic Surgery Centre, Dr. Joseph Perlman offers plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Texas including Spring, Houston, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Conroe, Pasadena, and Baytown. Contact The Advanced Plastic Surgery Centre office today to schedule your ganglion consultation!

Written by Doctor Perlman August 18, 2013