CPT Code: 25111
What is a Dorsal Wrist Ganglion?
A dorsal wrist ganglion is a fluid filled, non-cancerous cyst of the wrist. Sometimes dorsal wrist ganglions are called “bible cysts” because historical treatment involved taking a heavy object, such as a bible, to rupture the cyst (this is not recommended).
Some signs/symptoms of a Dorsal Wrist Ganglion:
A soft, smooth mass of the wrist
Mass at the wrist that can change size over time
Occasionally, ganglions can cause pain if compressing a nerve
If large enough, can restrict motion at the wrist
The cause of wrist ganglions is unknown but can be associated with a history of trauma or overuse.
Your doctor can make the diagnosis with a history and physical exam. You may need an xray of your wrist or additional imaging to rule out other diseases.
Patients generally elect to undergo dorsal wrist ganglion excision when the ganglion causes pain, restricts motion, or becomes unsightly.The procedure will be performed by one of our surgeons specializing in Hand Surgery, and typically lasts about 30 minutes. The dorsal wrist ganglion can be excised under local anesthesia or general anesthesia; you will meet with one of our anesthesiologists, who will discuss how best to make you comfortable during the procedure. At the conclusion of the procedure, you will be transferred to the post anesthesia care unit, where you will be cared for by one of our highly experienced registered nurses.
Since dorsal wrist ganglions are benign, there is no absolute need for surgery. Two non-surgical treatments are: 1) rupturing the cyst with a heavy object or; 2) using a sterile needle to rupture the cyst. However, both of these methods are associated with a high recurrence rate and should only be performed by a medical specialist. The most common non-surgical treatment is observation.
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What is included
Postop Visit(s)* (if applicable)
Diagnostics* (if applicable)
Durable Medical Equipment (crutches, splints)*
*Our goal is to include as much of care in our price. Though, there are certain things that are not included. Please see our pricing details page. Don’t hesitate to reach if you have any questions on what is and is not included!
What is not included
**While we do not include the cost of hardware or implants, we provide an invoice of this cost prior to the surgery at cost- we do not mark the cost of implantables.
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