Ganglion treatment and removal

Ganglions usually do not need treatment. Because a ganglion is not cancerous and may disappear with time, your doctor may recommend watching the ganglion to be sure nothing serious develops while waiting for it to go away. Treatment may be needed when a ganglion:

  • Causes pain. The pain may be aching rather than sharp and may increase with activity
  • Interferes with activity. Ganglions may weaken your grip or limit joint motion
  • Affects sensation by pressing on or irritating a nerve. You may feel tingling in your fingers, hands, or forearms
  • Becomes infected. This is more common with osteoarthritis mucous cysts
  • Is unsightly
  • Affects the wrist bones, finger bones or ligaments