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Mucous Cyst

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The mass on top of the finger at the distal interphalangeal joint should usually be removed to prevent spontaneous rupture (leakage) of the cyst, which then allows bacteria to enter the joint.  This often leads to joint infection and significant pain and progressive arthritis in the joint.   Sometimes, the bone becomes infected in untreated or partially treated joint infections.  Removing the cyst may be done as an outpatient under local anesthesia with or without sedation.

If there is ridging of your fingernail due to the cyst, most times after the cyst is removed, the nail ridging resolves over 6-8 months, as the nail grows.  Sometimes a flap of tissue or skin grafts is performed to cover the area where the cyst was removed, if the skin overlying the cyst is very thin.  Depending on the procedure, your hand surgeon will decide when you should start moving your finger after surgery and determine if and when hand therapy would be recommended.


Orange City Office

2777 Enterprise Road, Suite 1
Orange City, FL 32763
(situated in the Florida Health Care building)
Tel : (386) 218-4920
Friday 8.00am to 3.00pm

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Port Orange Office

3635 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Ste 900
Port Orange, FL 32129
(situated in the Surgery Center of Volusia Building)
Tel : (386) 788-4263
Fax: (386) 788-0679
Monday to Friday 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
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  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Florida Medical Association

Palm Coast Office

315 Palm Coast Parkway NE, Suite 4,
Palm Coast, FL 32137
(situated in the Florida Health Care Plans building)
Tel : (386) 246-3063

Mondays 8.00 am - 3.15 pm
Society Memberships
  • Florida Orthopaedic Society
  • Volusia County Medical
    Society
  • University of Florida Hand Fellows' Alumni Association

Edgewater Office

239 N. Ridgewood Ave, Suite 1
Edgewater, FL 32132
(situated in the Bert Fish Medical Center - Edgewater building)
Tel : (386) 410-4972

Wednesdays 8.00 am - 3.00 pm
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