Through the use of real time Ultrasound guidance we can precisely place a fine needle and aspirate fluid filled tissue.
Typically we use this for drainage of a Bakers cyst behind the knee, or of a ganglion cyst around the wrist. But can be used anywhere in the body where a fluid collection is found that should not be there.
Ganglion cysts are common soft tissue tumors that arise from joint capsules or synovial sheaths of tendons. They can be mobile and vary in size. Ganglia occur at all ages, but roughly 70% appear in women between the ages of 20 and 40 years, with only approximately 15% in patients younger than 20 years. Women are affected three times as often as men. No predilection exists for the right or left hand, and occupation does not appear to increase the risk of ganglion formation. The dorsal and volar aspects of the wrist are the most common sites.
Ganglion Cyst Treatment
If a ganglion cyst causes a great deal of pain or severely limits your day-to-day activities, we may drain fluid from the cyst using a procedure called aspiration. In this procedure, the surrounding area is numbed with a local anesthetic, and the cyst is punctured with a needle, so that fluid can be drained. Individual results may vary from patient to patient.
For more information on ganglion cyst procedures, please contact our North Brunswick office.
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