Removing Cysts - Simple And Easy Procedures

By Amanda Clark

Removing cysts is nothing to worry about. A cyst is nothing more than a sac of fluid; a pimple of sorts. They can occur internally or externally and can be benign or malignant. Some doctors like to remove all cysts no matter where they are located. Other doctors will prescribe various medications to help with pain, such as in the case of ovarian cysts, or even recommend a course of birth control pills which contain a specific blend of hormones.

Having a cyst removed is usually fairly simple, assuming of course, it's only the cyst being removed. Removal rarely calls for general anesthesia and it's almost always done as an outpatient. Internal cysts, especially ovarian cysts, are usually removed using a laparoscope.

For most people there are few side effects or complications after the procedure. There is always the risk of post op infection and / or bleeding, however.

If an internal organ is involved, surgical removal can be more complicated whether it's planned or it's on an emergency basis. Cysts commonly form on organs such as the Fallopian tubes or even the colon or intestines. Doctors usually prefer to drain the cyst prior to surgery in order to avoid its bursting and causing peritonitis.

The scalp is another area where cysts commonly form. Between all the hair products we use, and our normal scalp oils, hair follicles can easily fill up with these substances and turn into cysts. These cysts typically can exist without causing any kind of discomfort or other problems, however, they can get irritated if they are in an area that is combed or brushed all the time.

If these become bothersome it's usually best to have your doctor excise them. He simply numbs the area and will probably do a needle extraction of the fluid. If the contents are too thick he may need to remove the entire cyst. - 30540

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