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    Should I remove a ganglion?

    Sits on the top, outside edge of my left shoulder .Approximate diameter is 6cm , approx height 2cm. Non tender, gelatinous firm-ish centre. Not painful but rather unsightly! Should I get it removed? If so, what's the best method? Have read on the web that once drained via a syringe they often refill, sometimes larger and that cutting & extracting is not a preferred option. Confused as to the options….thank you in anticipation!
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    Mr Stephen Salerno

    Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)

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    Thanks for your Question.

    Ganglia are not dangerous or maligannt and can be left alone however they an continue to enlarge and cause pressure on surrounding structures and they cause discomfort.  There are various ways of treating them amongst the options include drainage, drainage and insertion of a steroid and surgical excision.

    All methods have a recurrence rate and surgery which is the most invasive has the least recurrence rate of about 20-30%. 

    I would tend to be conservative until it causes pain and he try the least invasive methods before trying surgery.

    Regards
    Stephen Salerno

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