Soft Tissue Masses
A soft tissue mass is a typically benign tumor that can develop within the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, fat and many other types of tissues within the body. Most soft tissue masses do not cause any pain unless they grow large enough to irritate a nearby nerve.
Some may cause skin discoloration, but symptoms are otherwise nonexistent.
Your doctor may perform a series of imaging exams to rule out the risk of malignancy for any soft tissue mass.
Treatment for soft tissue masses is not usually necessary, unless the mass is cancerous or causing pain, in which case a minimally invasive surgical procedure may be performed. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy may also be performed to treat soft tissue masses.
Ganglions are fluid-filled cysts commonly found on the tendons and joints of the wrists or hands. They may develop suddenly or over time and appear as a small, raised lump near your wrist or finger joints.
While ganglions are usually benign and harmless, cysts may put pressure on nearby nerves, potentially causing pain, weakness or numbness.
The specific cause of ganglions is unknown, although they tend to occur in patients with osteoarthritis, and are most common in women between the ages of 25 and 45. They often occur spontaneously when the soft sheath around a tendon or joint swells and fills with mucus.
Despite the lack of complications associated with ganglion cysts, you should still seek medical attention if you notice a lump on your wrist or hand. Treatment is not always necessary, but many wish to have the cyst removed for cosmetic reasons or to relieve pain that has developed over time.
Ganglions can be treated through a variety of methods, depending on the size and severity of the cyst. We can help you decide which treatment option is best for you. Some of these treatments include:
Resting the wrist or wearing a splint can often release pressure on the nerves to relieve pain, and also decrease the size of the cyst.
This minimally invasive procedure involves draining the fluid from the cyst with a syringe. Local anesthetic is applied and may be combined with a steroid injection to help fully heal the area. This treatment is not always permanent and many ganglions return after aspiration.
Surgery may be recommended for cysts that are very painful or interfere with joint movement. Ganglion surgery is performed under a local anesthetic and involves complete removal of the cyst and any attached tissue to ensure permanent treatment. Physical therapy may be recommended after surgery in order to rehabilitate the hand or wrist.
Call 512.450.1077 to speak with Dr. Robison and Dr. Trussler if you have any questions or comments or to learn more about how we can help you.