Relieve Pain & Restore Function with Dr. Panossian in Pasadena

Are you or your child experiencing discomfort and limited mobility due to a ganglion cyst? You're not facing this challenge alone. Choosing a qualified doctor like Dr. Panossian can provide the relief and restoration you desire. Dr. Panossian understands the frustration and worries of dealing with these cysts and is committed to walking this path with you. With his expertise in cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries, he deeply understands anatomy and how to maintain aesthetics while restoring functionality. Trust in Dr. Panossian's compassionate care and extensive experience to provide the relief you seek.

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Understanding Ganglion Cysts

Ganglion cysts are noncancerous lumps that typically develop along the tendons or joints of the wrists or hands. These cysts are filled with a jelly-like fluid and may vary in size, sometimes appearing as small bumps or larger, more noticeable swellings. While the exact cause of ganglion cysts is often unknown, they are believed to form due to the leakage of fluid from the joint or tendon sheath, leading to the formation of a cystic structure. Ganglion cysts are generally harmless but can cause discomfort, pain, or limited mobility, particularly if they press on nearby nerves or tendons. Treatment options range from observation to aspiration or surgical removal, depending on the size, location, and severity of symptoms.

Ganglion Cyst Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosing a ganglion cyst begins with a thorough physical examination by a healthcare provider, focusing on the affected area, such as the hand or wrist. Dr. Panossian may palpate the cyst during the examination to assess its size, consistency, and location. Imaging tests, such as ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), may also be recommended to confirm a ganglion cyst's presence and further evaluate its characteristics. These imaging modalities help visualize the cyst's size, location, and relationship to surrounding structures, aiding in treatment planning. In some cases, he may perform aspiration, a procedure in which the fluid from the cyst is withdrawn using a needle for analysis or to alleviate symptoms. A combination of physical examination and diagnostic imaging techniques is typically employed to diagnose ganglion cysts and guide appropriate treatment decisions accurately.

Treatment for ganglion cysts may vary depending on the cyst's size, location, and symptoms. Observation and monitoring may be recommended in some cases, particularly if the cyst is small, asymptomatic, or not causing functional limitations. However, if the cyst is causing pain, discomfort, or functional impairment, Dr. Panossian may recommend intervention. Aspiration, or cyst aspiration, is a common treatment option where the fluid within the cyst is drained using a needle, often providing temporary relief. Surgical excision may be considered for cysts that persist, recur, or cause significant symptoms. During surgical excision, Dr. Panossian carefully removes the cyst and surrounding tissue to minimize the risk of recurrence and optimize functional outcomes. Ultimately, treatment decisions are tailored to each patient's unique circumstances and goals, primarily relieving symptoms and restoring hand function.

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The Benefits of Ganglion Cyst Treatment

In addition to the physical strife, living with ganglion cysts can cause emotional turmoil. These cysts can cause discomfort, limit hand function, and affect self-esteem. Dr. Panossian recognizes the challenges you may face and offers comprehensive treatment options to alleviate symptoms and restore hand function, allowing you to regain control of your life. The benefits of ganglion cyst treatment include the following:

Pain Relief

Treatment for ganglion cysts can effectively relieve pain, reduce discomfort, and improve overall hand function.

Improved Hand Function

Treatment can enhance hand function by addressing the underlying cyst and associated symptoms, allowing you to perform daily activities with greater ease and comfort.

Enhanced Aesthetics

Surgical excision or aspiration of ganglion cysts can improve the appearance of the affected hand, restoring symmetry and reducing visible lumps or bumps.

Prevention of Complications

Promptly treating ganglion cysts can help prevent potential complications such as nerve compression or joint damage, promoting long-term hand health and function.

Ganglion Cyst Treatment Recovery

Recovery after ganglion cyst treatment depends on the specific procedure performed. For aspiration, which involves draining the fluid from the cyst using a needle, recovery is typically quick with minimal downtime. Patients may experience some soreness or mild discomfort at the injection site, but this usually resolves within a few days.

Surgical excision of a ganglion cyst may require a longer recovery period. Following surgery, patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the treated area. It's essential to follow the postoperative instructions provided by Dr. Panossian, which may include keeping the hand elevated, applying ice packs to reduce swelling, and taking prescribed pain medications as needed. Physical therapy or hand exercises may also be recommended to gradually restore strength and range of motion.

In either case, Dr. Panossian will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress, remove any necessary sutures, and ensure proper healing. Attending these appointments and promptly communicating any concerns or changes in symptoms to Dr. Panossian is essential.

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Why Choose Dr. Panossian?

Dr. Panossian understands the physical discomfort and emotional strain that accompany conditions like ganglion cysts, and he's dedicated to providing compassionate care tailored to your unique needs. With memberships in prestigious organizations like the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Panossian is recognized for his commitment to excellence in the field. Whether seeking relief from pain or restoring function, Dr. Panossian offers advanced treatments to address your concerns effectively. Take the first step toward a pain-free future by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Panossian today.

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