The physician will make a small incision at the site of the cyst to safely remove it. This is a simple procedure that is usually performed on an outpatient basis.
Once the surgery is complete, the physician will place a small dressing under a splint to immobilize the affected joint. This helps the area heal and alleviates discomfort. Your child’s surgical team will explain how to remove and change the dressing as necessary. If there are sutures in place, they will remove those at a follow-up appointment.
If your child experiences tenderness or swelling at the site, their physician may prescribe pain medicine to help control their discomfort.
Your child should be able to resume normal activity once the joint is fully healed. In the meantime, they should not use the joint, and may even require crutches to keep their weight off it. They should not ride a bike, run, or play sports until their doctor gives them clearance.
There are no post-surgery dietary restrictions to follow.Your child can take a shallow bath or shower five days after the procedure. If they need to bathe before then, a sponge bath is permissible but it’s important to keep the splint and dressing dry.
Children can usually return to school in one week but should refrain from sports or physical education for at least one month, or until their surgeon permits it. To make sure their incision has time to heal, your child should not lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for three weeks.
Most patients recover fully without any symptoms or side effects. However, be sure to call your child’s surgical team immediately if you notice any of the following issues: