A patient is able to resume normal activities within six weeks after surgical removal of a ganglion cyst on his hand, states the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The surgery is an outpatient procedure and causes swelling and soreness. However, even after excision, some ganglion cysts return.
Ganglion cysts are benign, fluid-filled lumps most commonly found on the joints of hands and wrists, explains the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The cause is unknown, and although they do not normally have symptoms, ganglion cysts located on nerves cause some sufferers muscle weakness, pain and tingling. Doctors treat ganglion cysts with nonsurgical options that include observation, immobilization and aspiration before considering excision surgery.