David’s ganglion cyst


This is my photo of the huge lump on David’s right shoulder on June 7, 2018.


On April 25, 2018, David began painting the patio, leaning his right shoulder against the wall to support himself while painting with his left hand.  Shortly thereafter, he experienced pain in his right shoulder, attributing it to tendonitis.

On June 6, he saw a huge lump on his right shoulder and went to an urgent care doctor at Straub Clinic that day.  An ultrasound revealed a cyst in a joint.

On June 8, David saw a general surgeon, who diagnosed it as a ganglion cyst.  He drained a lot of fluid from the cyst and will send it to a lab for analysis.  He told David that an orthopedic surgeon has to remove the cyst, since the cyst is located in a joint, and as a general surgeon, he is prohibited from operating on it.  I wondered why surgeons are so specialized.  Very strange.

David is now waiting for a phone call from the orthopedic surgeon to schedule an appointment for surgery.

This will be David’s seventh surgery.  So far, he has had 1 back surgery, 2 hand surgeries, 2 knee surgeries, 1 eye surgery, and now there will be surgery on his right shoulder.

9 Responses to “David’s ganglion cyst”

  1. Olga Says:

    I’m sorry that David has to go through another surgery.

    My friend I take to her doctor’s appointments (becoming a full time job lately!) is maybe going to have her seventh surgery on her eyes alone — one of those for whom “if it can go wrong, it will.” Right now surgery for a detached retina has jiggled her cataract lens out of place so they are watching to see if it will need help to jiggle itself back into place or not.

  2. David Says:

    I do not think of this as much of a surgery. It is a cyst removal and should take about five minutes at most. I am thankful for Medicare and my Humana health insurance which enables such surgeries. I am rather distressed to learn that Medicare will soon be insolvent and health care as we know it will soon cease to exist. Frankly I do not know what I will do without health insurance. I saw a movie “Going in Style” which has a central theme that society must be judged by how it treats its elderly. To this I must state very poorly. I am also concerned with the the upcoming cuts to Social Security. I frankly feel for me and I fear for the other elderly members of our society. Our future is bleak at best.

  3. DJan Says:

    That is a huge cyst, but I do hope that the surgery will be as minor as David says. I am also worried about Social Security solvency. It would be such an easy fix but the political will is not there. 😦

  4. Joanne Noragon Says:

    I had a cyst removed from my wrist. It had grown through and through, and had to be peeled away from all those tiny bones. I had another cyst in my neck; it grew around my facial nerve. Tricky removal. David needs a specialized surgeon with practice in ganglions.

  5. Christine Says:

    Oh I hope it is not painful and thankfully it is treatable.

  6. Kay G. Says:

    Years ago, my aunt had one on her wrist. She went to the doctor and he told her to come into his office with all his medical books on the shelf behind him. He said to put her wrist on the table and she did so. Then, he reached behind him and got down one of those big books and slammed it down upon her wrist. No more cyst on the wrist! Now, I am sure that would never be done now, just telling you what she told me!
    Anyway, good luck to you David!

  7. honoluluaunty91 Says:

    Good luck and here’s to great results!

    Myself, I don’t trust most doctors. They use big words and their supposed superiority as their tactics to get us to agree to expensive treatments that insurance will cover.

    However, belief in whatever path of treatment makes for more success, so again, good luck and good healing to David!

  8. Linda Starr Says:

    yikes, don’t envy David all those surgeries; hope this one goes well as the others. I have a sebaceous cyst on my head, I’m leaving it alone. Got rid of one myself but the other is not as accessible.

  9. Tom Sightings Says:

    I trust everything will turn out fine. Now … tell him not to work so hard!

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