If you’ve been diagnosed with a hand cyst or tumor, it’s natural to feel alarmed. We often associate tumors with scary medical conditions. But there is good news – almost all tumors or cysts on the wrist or hand are benign (non-cancerous). Some even go away on their own.
The words “tumor” and “cyst” are sometimes used interchangeably. Both refer to an abnormal lump that grows on your wrist, hand or fingers. These lumps may be solid, or filled with fluid.
There are several types of hand cysts and tumors, including:
Less common hand tumors include lipomas (fatty tumors), neuromas (nerve tumors) and fibromas (tumors that form out of connective tissue).
Hand cysts and tumors vary in size. Some are barely noticeable and cause few, if any, symptoms. Others grow into large, visible deformities that press on the nerves in your wrist or hand. Pressure on the nerve can cause pain, numbness or muscle weakness.
If you don’t like the look of your unsightly tumor, or a cyst interferes with your wrist function, Mercy’s orthopedic physicians can help. Our hand specialists manage most hand cysts and tumors, even those considered uncommon.
Your treatment plan will depend on several factors. These include the size and location of your hand tumor, how quickly it’s grown and whether it’s causing pain or other symptoms. Treatments include:
If you’re bothered by your hand cyst or tumor, talk to your Mercy orthopedic physician about your treatment options. Together we’ll address all your needs, whether they’re functional or cosmetic.