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  Observation Aspiration Surgery
What is involved?


Draw the fluid out with a needle.

Surgically remove the ganglion. 

Most people get used to it once they know what it is.

Likely to return. About 1 in 20 return. 

Avoids risks.

Lump might go down for a little while.

Surgery will most likely get rid of the ganglion.
Disadvantages Odd looking.

Pain of the procedure.

Usually temporary.

Trade bump for a scar.

May recur and then you have a bump and a scar.

Recovery up to 12 months.

Risk of problems.

Complications  None.  Unlikely.

Initially thick and unpleasing scar.

Infection, wound issue, or drop of the fingertip on occasion.