Post Operative Instructions

Excision of a Ganglion Cyst

Wound Care

  1. Keep your incision dry, but it is okay to take a shower and wash your hands. Please do not put your operative hand in a tub, pool, hot tub or sink of water for 2 weeks after surgery.
  2. Keep the surgical wound covered with a band aid or bandage for the first week. Please do not apply antibiotic ointment or use peroxide on the surgical site. There are no stitches to be removed. It is okay to wash the dried blood around your incision with peroxide on sterile gauze one time only.
  3. Elevate your hand above your heart when up. You may cross your wrist over your chest to the opposite shoulder or strike the "Statue of Liberty" pose with the operative hand.
  4. Report redness, swelling or drainage to our office at 804.320.1339.


  1. Wear the short arm splint for the first 3-4 weeks after surgery, while you sleep and during the day for activities.
  2. Move your fingers frequently, straightening them completely, and making a full fist several times per hours. Move your wrist frequently in a directions several times a day.
  3. Refrain from pushing, pulling, lifting or grabbing with the operative hand and do not lift anything that weighs 5 lbs for more. (ex. A gallon of milk weighs 8 lbs)

What should I expect during the first month after surgery?

  1. You should experience minimal pain, which is usually relieved by resting your hand, taking over the counter pain medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
  2. Pain at the surgical site can occur with direct pressure over the incision, such as that experienced when pushing out of a chair.
  3. Numbness may occur around the incision. It will go away gradually as the skin heals.
  4. It is common to have mild swelling at the surgical site, but usually is not associated with pain or redness.
  5. Wearing a splint may make your wrist feel "weak". This is very common but improves as you begin to use your wrist more.
  6. You may notice occasional soreness for up to 3 months.

Please make an appointment to be seen if you having concerns.