Having a lump or bump on your hand, wrist, or forearm may have you feeling concerned. To ease your mind, Dr. Kelley Wear, a hand and wrist surgeon at The Hand Center in Broomfield and Thornton, Colorado, can examine your cyst or mass and provide a diagnosis and treatment plan. Call today or schedule an appointment using the only booking button.
Dr. Wear may call the growth on your hand, wrist, or forearm either a cyst, mass, or tumor. While these names sound ominous, it is rare to have a cancerous mass in your hand or wrist. A mass can occur on the surface of your skin, such as a wart, or in the deeper tissues, such as an epidermal inclusion cyst. It may also protrude from your joint or tendon sheath, which usually indicates that it is a mucous or ganglion cyst.
There are many different types of cysts or masses that can occur on your wrist, hand, or forearm. But some are more common than others:
The ganglion cyst is the most common cyst that affects the hand and wrist, most often growing at the wrist or the tips or base of your fingers. The ganglion cyst feels firm to the touch but is filled with fluid. It is a benign mass.
The epidermal inclusion cyst is a benign cyst that forms under your skin. It’s filled with soft, waxy keratin.
This is a mass that usually involves only the skin and can be caused by a virus. It is also benign.
The giant cell tumor of the tendon sheath forms a hard mass and is the second most common type of growth that affects the hand or wrist. It’s also benign but can grow in size and be harder to remove if not addressed early.
Other less common masses that may affect your upper limbs include:
To diagnose the cause of your abnormal growth, Dr. Wear conducts a thorough examination, which includes a review of your medical history and a close look at the mass. She may also recommend additional testing, such as an X-ray or MRI, and may take a small sample of tissue to confirm a diagnosis.
Treatment for your hand, wrist, or forearm cyst or mass depends on the type. Dr. Wear may choose to monitor it or remove it.
During an excision, Dr. Wear cuts out the mass or cyst from your body. To ease discomfort, Dr. Wear administers anesthesia before she begins.
An excision is an outpatient procedure, so you can go home after it’s done. Some procedures can be performed in the office.
Recovery time following your excision varies and depends on what you had removed. For most masses, you can use your hand right away and only need to come back once to have the stitches removed.
For medical management of hand, wrist, or forearm masses, call The Hand Center or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.