Ganglion cyst and future surgeries

As you know, David was scheduled for shoulder replacement surgery at Straub Clinic on August 15, 2018. However, it was canceled, because Humana HMO refused to cover it due to the fact that Medicare protocol and guidelines had not been followed.  David decided not to file an appeal.

This was his ganglion cyst back on June 22, 2018.  I attribute it to the time in April when David kept leaning his right shoulder against the wall while painting the patio.  The constant pressure created the cyst:


Over the past few months, the ganglion cyst has disappeared.  This is how David’s shoulder looks now (December 27, 2018):


The left shoulder now matches the right shoulder:


I think it is a miracle that the cyst disappeared with no further treatment by the doctor.  I guess it is sometimes wise to let nature take its course and heal naturally.

However, his shoulders still ache when he raises his hands and arms.  He also experiences pain in his back, hips, and hands.  The pain is due to osteoarthritis, a chronic condition inherited from his mother.  He also has a torn rotator cuff.

His two knee replacement surgeries have resulted in pain-free knees.  He is more mobile now due to those two successful surgeries, performed by the great Dr. Nakasone at Straub Clinic.

David does not know if he will undergo future surgeries, as surgery is never risk-free.  A pulmonary embolism could result in death.

Meanwhile, David treats his chronic pain with 2 Aleve tablets, taken in the morning.  The Aleve takes the edge off the pain.

6 Responses to “Ganglion cyst and future surgeries”

  1. David Says:

    I read an article about another patient who had a cyst much larger than mine. It also disappeared without treatment. I was hoping for this outcome all along and as if a miracle it happened. The cyst is gone but my osteopenia is getting worse. I am treating it the best I can and I am hoping for another miracle. It is no fun getting old as one health issue after another surfaces.

  2. Olga Says:

    That’s great that the cyst resolved itself.

  3. Christine Says:

    So happy about the cyst.

  4. DJan Says:

    Great to hear that it went away without treatment, but sorry to hear of David’s continuing pain. And yes, no surgery is without risk for any of us.

  5. Kay G. Says:

    That is a good thing! Sorry that Davis still has pain though, I pray that that will lessen for him too!

  6. dkzody Says:

    Always better when surgery isn’t required.

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