Ganglion Cysts Pathway Updated: 10/4/2016

Surgical Excision of Dorsal Ganglion Cyst

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Preoperative Patient Care
Operative Techniques
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Preoperative Plan

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Execute surgical walkthrough

  • describe the steps of the procedure verbally prior to the start of the case

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Description of potential complications and steps to avoid them

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Room Preparation

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Surgical Instrumentation

  • loupe magnification

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Room setup and Equipment

  • standard operating table
  • hand table

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Patient Positioning

  • patient placed in the supine position with hand on hand table
  • place tourniquet high on the affected extremity
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Transverse Incision

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Identify ganglion cyst

  • the cyst is typically dorsal to the scapholunate ligament
  • the scapholunate ligament is typically distal to Lister`s tubercle in the third and fourth compartment interval

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Mark the transverse incision

  • mark the incision over the scapholunate ligament and entire cyst

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Make transverse incision

  • be sure to include the scapholunate ligament in the incision
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Deep Dissection

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Dissect through subcutaneous tissue

  • use blunt dissection

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Identify and protect neurovascular stuctures

  • protect and preserve any branches of the dorsal radial and ulnar sensory nerves

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Incise the extensor retinaculum in a transverse fashion

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Cyst Visualization

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Identify the cyst

  • the cyst is usually between the third and fourth extensor compartments

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Visualize the entire cyst

  • retract the tendons of the second and third compartment radially
  • retract the tendons of the fourth compartment ulnarly
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Cyst Excision

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Identify stalk of the cyst

  • incise the dorsal wrist capsule transversely
  • trace the cyst down to the stalk
  • the stalk usually arises from the dorsal aspect of the scapholunate interosseous membrane

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Excise the cyst at the base of the stalk

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Send the specimen to pathology

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Cauterize the site of origin

  • use bipolar cautery
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Joint Inspection

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Inspect the joint for any abnormalities

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Allow the capsular tissues and tendons to return to their anatomic position

  • avoid closure of the capsule to prevent joint stiffness
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Wound Closure

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Irrigation and hemostasis

  • copiously irrigate the wound

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Superficial closure

  • use running subcuticular nonabsorbable monofilament suture

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Dressing and immediate immobilization

  • dress with antibiotic ointment
  • place a bulky hand dressing and a plaster palmar splint in the neutral position
Postoperative Patient Care
 

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