If you have noticed some lumps and bumps below or just at the surface of your skin, that could be a noncancerous, closed tissue pocket called a cyst. Cysts feel like large peas underneath the skin’s surface. Although they often do not cause any harm, there are certain situations that require them to be removed and properly treated. Here at our Bend surgical dermatology practice, we regularly get patients who require cyst removal. Dr. Carter uses several cyst removal methods, depending upon the size and location of the cyst.
Is it a cyst or not?
A lot of small cysts do not pose any signs or symptoms. However, most of them are felt as a bump or lump on the skin. At times, they are felt beneath the skin tissues. Other cysts cause pain when felt or moved. Those which are not associated with the skin but with the internal organs instead don’t usually produce symptoms especially if they are small. Once they become large, they could displace or compress the organs and even block the normal flow of fluids in certain tissues like the liver and the pancreas. When this happens, certain symptoms may be felt by the patient.
How are cysts treated?
Although most cysts are noncancerous and do not cause any pain, they have to be removed, especially when they rupture and cause infection or inflammation. Those that do not disappear as well as those that cause symptoms may have to be drained and removed.
A cyst removal involves the use of a scalpel to pierce a cyst and drain its contents. The inflamed ones may have to be injected with cortisone medication to allow it to shrink. When all else fails, surgical removal may be needed.
Cysts Removal in Bend, OR
Let an expert take a look at your lump to determine if it is a cyst and has to be removed. Call us today at 541-330-0900 or fill out this online contact form to request a consultation with Dr. Carter and learn more about cyst removal.
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