Ganglion Cyst

Ganglion Cyst Excision

If you notice a lump growing on your hand or wrist, it may be a ganglion cyst, which in most cases is harmless and doesn't cause pain.

However, if the cyst grows too large, it can be visually unappealing or press on a nerve, which can cause uncomfortable symptoms.

How does board-certified surgeon Nathan Lesley remove ganglion cysts at the Hand to Shoulder Center in Fort Worth, TX? Find out more.

What Is a Ganglion Cyst?

  • These are soft-tissue masses under the skin of your hand or wrist that are filled with a jelly-like fluid.
  • They usually grow on or near the bone joints, nerves, and tendons of your hands or wrists.
  • These cysts can develop on their own, or if you have arthritis in your finger joints.
  • An injury can also trigger them to grow on a patient's hand or wrist. Repetitive motions can as well.

Six Symptoms of Ganglion Cysts

Ganglion cysts are usually small and harmless, and many patients do not have a need to seek treatment. However, uncomfortable symptoms can occur if the cyst presses on a nerve or limits bone or muscle movements. Contact the Hand to Shoulder Center in Fort Worth, TX, if you are experiencing any of the following issues in your hand or wrist:

Large areas of swelling

Nerve pain, tingling, or numbness

Reduced hand or wrist movements

Muscle weakness

During a consultation, we can discuss your concerns and your treatment goals. We will also perform an exam to verify you are not suffering from another condition.

Are These Cysts Common?


If your cyst becomes visually or physically uncomfortable to you, treatment with Dr. Lesley and his team of fellow board-certified surgeons can provide relief:

Drainage (Aspiration)

Swelling can be reduced by puncturing the cyst and draining away its fluid. Local anesthesia will keep you comfortable.


Dr. Lesley might recommend injecting medications. Steroid shots are often effective at reducing a cyst's volume.


An out-patient surgical procedure can remove the cyst. Surgery is the best way to reduce the risk of it growing back.


Ganglion cyst surgery and other treatments are typically covered by insurance. But if you incur out-of-pocket costs, our practice is happy to offer affordable, flexible financing through CareCredit®. This trusted lender breaks down costs into low-interest monthly payments that work with your budget.

Why Do Fort Worth, TX, Patients Choose Our Practice?

Board-Certified Surgeons
All of our hand and shoulder surgeons have additional, specialized surgical training and education that other surgeons may not have.

In-Office Surgery
Our state-of-the-art practice is the only one in the Fort Worth area that offers surgical procedures in-office instead of an expensive hospital or surgical center.

Having a ganglion cyst removed in our office can save you thousands of dollars. For example, our in office surgery could save you over $5,000 or more compared to a hospital.

A cyst on a patient's hand
Cysts like these can be removed quickly and painlessly at our office.

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Erin Barrett


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This office is state-of-the-art! I went in for an appointment and was pleasantly surprised how friendly the office staff was. After my appointment with a very knowledgeable physician I learned I would need a simple surgery done to expedite my healing process. This surgery was quick and easy, and the fact that it was done in the same office building made me feel very comfortable and at ease.

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Rebecca Kaminski


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Excellent care & professional medical service, my husband saved hundreds of dollars on surgical costs & anesthesia versus an outpatient surgical center! The location made it that much more convenient for us! Staff is friendly and knowledgeable.

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The Hand to Shoulder Center

At The Hand to Shoulder Center in Fort Worth, TX, our team of fellowship-trained hand, elbow, and shoulder surgeons treat any and all conditions from the shoulder to the fingertip. Our surgeons perform both elective and reconstructive procedures, including:

  • Joint Replacement
  • Traumatic Injury Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Wide Awake Local Anesthesia Only Surgery

Our physicians are associated with the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. For more information or to request an appointment, please contact us online or call (817) 420-9238.

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