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Cyst on thumb bone, filled with fluid. Surgery required or drawing fluid will fix the problem?

I have a cyst on the scaffoid bone in my left thumb--I have had one doctor telling me the only fix is surgery-another doctor has prescribed splints and did a cortisone injection into the joint , which only gave me relief for about 3 weeks. The cyst fills up with fluid making the palm senstive to touch. At what point should I consider surgery. The initial doctor who suggested surgery told me drawing the fluid out of the cyst will not fix the problem, only surgery.
Asked On : Sun, 6 Jan 2013
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Good morning. i think cyst over scaphoid could ganglion which is nothing but cystic swelling of joint fluid. it appears spontaneusly and disappears. if it is causing compression of the median nerve as in ur case it should be excised otherwise it reappears spontaneously even after draining of fluid. Thank u
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