Ganglion Cyst Treatment

Can this condition be treated? What Ganglion Cyst treatment options are available? Learn more below about the current treatments available to patients.


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How to Treat Ganglion Cyst

Some ganglion cysts go away without treatment. If the cyst is very tender or unsightly, you may want treatment. Even with treatment, ganglion cysts often return.

Treatments include:

Home Treatment

  • Ice
  • Ibuprofen or aspirin to relieve pain and swelling

Note: Do not attempt to smash the cyst with a heavy object (a traditional home remedy). This is unlikely to get rid of the cyst and more likely to injure you.


You may need to wear a splint on your wrist. Ganglion cysts usually get smaller with less activity and larger with more activity.


A needle is put into the cyst to drain the fluid.

Corticosteroid Injection

A steroid solution is injected into the cyst, which is usually done after the cyst is drained.


The cyst can be surgically removed. This is done when they are large and unsightly or painful. Cysts may return even after surgery.


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