Skin Cysts

Skin Cysts

Cysts can be uncomfortable, especially if they are located near a joint. At QuikSurg, Dr. David Redd and his staff offer cyst removal that is both affordable and convenient. The procedure is performed in Dr. Redd’s office with a local anesthesia. Dr. Redd is one of the first offices that offer extremely affordable rates with no out-of-pocket copays. He believes that by cutting out the cost of dealing with insurance, he can provide his patients who live in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area, higher quality, more affordable service.

How are cysts excised?

Cysts are noncancerous lumps just under the skin, which can grow almost anywhere on the body. Dr. Redd will thoroughly examine the area near the cyst, and determine what portion must be removed. In most cases, only the cyst will be removed. Once the local anesthesia has taken effect, he will make an incision, and excise the cyst.

Once the cyst has been removed, Dr. Redd will stitch the wound shut, and cover it with a bandage. When you’re ready to leave, he will provide you with aftercare instructions to help you keep your wound clean, and free of infection.

What causes cysts?

Cysts are often caused by infection or clogged sebaceous glands. Noncancerous cysts are small sacs filled with:

  • Semi-solid
  • Liquid
  • Pus

There are several types of cysts that can develop. Some are based on genetics, while others, especially those that are caused by an infection, can recur as long as the infection is left untreated.

Dr. Redd is often called on to remove cysts that develop due to the clogging of sebaceous glands. The excision process is rather simple, and the procedure takes less than 30 minutes to perform. He will remove the cyst and provide the patient with instructions on aftercare. If an infection is present, he may prescribe an antibiotic to control the infection and prevent future cysts from developing.

Are cysts cancerous?

Cysts are rarely cancerous. The small sacs are often filled with a mixture of fluid and pus. Cysts that develop from a clogged sebaceous gland can be somewhat soft, but aren’t cancerous. Dr. Redd will assess which type of cyst is present, and then take the appropriate measures to remove it. Depending on the size and density of the cyst, the area where it was removed may be tender to the touch for a few days after the procedure.

What are ganglion cysts?

These are cysts that are associated with a nearby tendon or joint. At QuikSurg, Dr Redd can remove the cyst fluid with a needle which can sometimes keep the cyst from reforming. A formal surgical excision in the operating room, usually by an orthopedic surgeon, may be required.

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