Our expert says:
As yout thumb joint is very sore I would suggest you talk with your orthopedic surgeon to discuss your best option.
Surgery is recommended if you feel significant pain or if the cyst and skin appear ready to rupture.
Needle puncture is one option. In this procedure, the cyst is punctured and aspirated. (Aspiration means drawing the fluid out with suction.) However, this procedure has less than a 50 percent success rate.
Another option involves excision (removal) of the cyst and its connection to the DIP joint. Patients should be aware that removing a mucous cyst may not eliminate pain if the pain is from the underlying OA.
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