What is a cyst?
A cyst is a sac-like pocket of tissue that contains fluid, air, or other substances. Cysts can occur anywhere in the body and can vary in size from tiny to quite large.
What causes cyst?
Cysts can be caused by a variety of factors, including infections, injuries, and inherited conditions. They can also form as a result of a blockage in a duct or gland, or as a response to a foreign object or substance in the body.
Who is at risk for developing cyst?
Anyone can develop a cyst, but certain factors may increase the risk of developing one. These include a history of cysts in the family, a previous injury or infection, and certain medical conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
How are cyst treated?
The treatment of a cyst depends on the type and location of the cyst, as well as the individual’s overall health. Small, harmless cysts may not require any treatment at all, while larger cysts or those that are causing symptoms may need to be removed. Treatment options may include:
Will cyst removal hurt?
Cyst removal can be done under local anesthesia, so there should be little to no pain during the procedure. Some discomfort or soreness may be experienced after the procedure as the area heals.
How long does cyst removal take?
The length of time for cyst removal depends on the size and location of the cyst, as well as the type of procedure used. In general, most cyst removal procedures can be done in less than an hour.
What are aftercare after cyst removal?
After cyst removal, the wound will need to be kept clean and dry. A bandage or dressing may be applied, and a follow-up appointment may be scheduled to remove stitches or check on the healing progress. Pain relievers and antibiotics may be prescribed as needed.