I am VERY limited in my typing for the next week because I had surgery on my right wrist to remove a ganglion cyst. I had my surgery at the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital. My doctor was Dr. Steven Lee – in case anyone needs to have an Orthopedic Surgeon – he’s fantastic! They were very nice to me since it was my first ever surgery, IV, anesthetic experience. I was put fully under for the surgery and now I have a cast covering my stitches until next tuesday. Being that I am right-handed, this causes quite a few issues for me! You really don’t realize how much you use your fingers and thumbs until you can’t!
since I had never heard of a ganglion cyst until I noticed a bump on the inside of my wrist….and after an MRI to make sure it wasn’t someting worse…found out it was a cyst that i could remove, I think I should share the definition:
A ganglion cyst is a swelling that often appears on or around joints and tendons in the hand or foot. The size of the cyst can vary over time. It is most frequently located around the wrist and on the fingers. Ganglion cysts are idiopathic, but reflect a variation in normal joint or tendon sheath function. Cysts near joints are connected to the joint and the leading theory is that a type of check valve forms that allows fluid out of the joint, but not back in. The cyst contains a clear thick fluid. They are most often found around the wrist joint which accounts for 80% of all ganglion cysts.
some people call them Bible Bumps because you can burst them by hitting them with a large book (perhaps a Bible?) – after watching this video, I would go for surgery any day – especially since they just return if you burst them:
I found my cyst a few weeks before my wedding and my doc didn’t want to have me all bandaged up for my big day so we waited till I could take some more vacation and not need to work on the computer…………ummm this blog doesnt count and I’ll be taking a few days off from blogging till next week…my left hand is tired 🙂
Just wanted to keep you all up to date – sorry for the unpleasant topic – maybe it will educate someone!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! ♥