A cyst is a fluid- and sebaceous-filled sac that grows just beneath your skin, often on your back, neck, chest or abdomen, typically as a result of clogging of sebaceous glands or ingrown hairs. If left untreated, cysts can often become infected or burst, creating additional problems beyond appearance.
Cyst excision is a straightforward surgical procedure that removes the cyst contents and the sac which surrounds them, which prevents the risk of rupture and may even prevent it from growing again in the future.
Candidates for cyst excision are in overall good health and have any of the following traits:
If your cyst has any of these traits or if you have a history of cysts that cause these types of problems, you are a good candidate for cyst excision. Even if this isn’t the case, if you have a cyst that concerns you, Dr. Chivers will examine you during your initial consultation and determine the severity of your cyst, the value of cyst excision and if cyst excision is the right option for you.
The procedure for cyst removal is relatively straight forward and performed under local anesthesia. Dr. Chivers will make an incision in your skin to access the skin and then remove the cystic contents, as well as its enveloping sacto reduce recurrence. If the cyst is infected, Dr. Chivers will drain the infected contents and arrange wound care for packing of the infected area. Infected cysts can often not be closed with sutures or the infection will not resolve.
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia as day surgery. There will be light to moderate pain around the incision site and strenuous activities should be avoided for 48 hours. Typically, pain will be treated with over-the-counter NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Sometimes an antibiotic will also be prescribed.
If you have a cyst and would like it removed, simply schedule your consultation with Dr. Chivers and have your family physician fax us their consultation request. Non-cosmetic, that is, medically necessary, procedures are usually covered by OHIP.