How Much Does Ganglion Cyst Removal Cost?

A ganglion cyst is an inflammation that emerges around tendons and joints, usually in the hand or near the foot. These cysts contain clear fluid and are most frequently seen around the wrist and even on the fingers.  The mass of this cyst varies over a time period.  Its etiology is currently unknown since these cysts are perceived to be idiopathic or have an undetermined cause.

Ganglion cyst by mor10am, on Flickr
Ganglion cyst” (CC BY 2.0) by mor10am

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Tips to know

Ganglion cyst symptoms

Ganglion cyst home treatment

  1. Take anti-inflammatory painkillers.  Over-the-counter painkiller can help reduce the swelling and manage the pain.  These painkillers may include Advil, Motrin, Aleve and Bayer.
  2. Apply ice.  Applying ice can also reduce the swelling and help with the pain.  Consider using a frozen bag of vegetables or an ice pack from your local pharmacy.
  3. Consider usage.  Avoid using the troubled area as much as possible.  Theories suggest an overused joint can lead to this type of cyst.
  4. Stabilize.  If you feel you can’t avoid using it, consider putting your arm in a splint if this is where the cyst is present.  Stabilizing can help with the movement, leading to less pain.
  5. Massage it.  Your cyst is a balloon of liquid, so when you press it, you’re hitting a nerve, causing pain.  Doctors recommend massaging the area to help circulate the area.

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Average Reported Cost: $3286.5

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  1. Kenny Bowman (Marion,  Virginia) paid $35,000 and said:

    Had ganglion cyst surgically removed on left wrist and was charged an outlandish amount with about $30,000 just from Mountain States Health Alliance to use their facility for about 6 hours. Was told by surgeon that they get about $2,000 for their services, so MSHA received $28,000. OUCH!!!! No wonder health insurance cost are becoming outrageous. Don’t use MSHA if possible.

    Was it worth it? No

  2. Dom Coop (Franklin,  Indiana) paid $6538 and said:

    Outrageous costs inflated for insurance including double billing for ambulatory surgery, anesthesia and doctor. Sprung general surgery when I turned up at office for a local removal in Dr’s office. No prices given beforehand

    Was it worth it? Yes

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