What is it?
Excision is a surgical procedure during which a ganglion cyst is removed. The procedure also removes a part of the patient’s affected joint capsule or tendon. After excision, there may be some chance that the patient’s ganglion cyst(s) may return. However, this depends on the type of cyst and the surgeon’s relative success in achieving complete removal. Open removal is the most commonly utilized form of excision.
How is it Performed?
Excision is typically a procedure that does not require the patient to stay in the hospital overnight afterward. During the excision, the doctor will identify the cyst and cut it out using surgical instrumentation along with the roots of the cyst. The doctor will then stitch the opening back together in which the healing process will start to begin. It is possible that even after removal, the cyst can come back.
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