Cysts

Gil Q. Galloway, M.D., Inc.

General Surgery Practice & Surgery Center located in Encinitas, CA

Cysts are sacs filled with fluid or solid material that develop anywhere on/in your body. Though not always a serious medical issue, cysts can affect your look or cause discomfort. At the office of Gil Q. Galloway, M.D., Inc. in Encinitas, California, the team, led by Dr. Gil Galloway, performs cyst removal procedures. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book online today.

Cysts Q&A

What are cysts?

Cysts are enclosed sac-like structures filled with fluid or semisolid material. You can develop cysts anywhere on/in your body, and they may be as tiny as a pencil point or as large as a softball. 

Most cysts are benign, but they can cause discomfort. There are many types of cysts, including:

Sebaceous cysts

A sebaceous cyst is a cyst that forms under the skin, usually on the scalp, face, or back. 

Pilonidal cysts

Pilonidal cysts are cysts that develop near your tailbone. These cysts usually occur from an ingrown hair and may be difficult to treat because of their location. 

Breast cysts

Breast cysts are painful cysts located in the breasts. They’re usually harmless but can change in size during a woman’s menstrual cycle. 

The surgeons at the practice also remove lipomas, which are benign fatty tumors that develop under the skin. 

What are the symptoms of cysts?

Symptoms of a cyst depend on the location and size. Some cysts may develop without causing any outward signs or symptoms. However, with sebaceous or pilonidal cysts, you may notice a moveable lump under your skin. 

Some cysts, like breast cysts, may cause pain or an infection.

How are cysts treated?

Treatment for cysts depends on the type, location, size, and severity of symptoms. In some cases, you may have your cyst drained to ease symptoms.

However, to prevent a recurrence, the recommended course of action is the surgical removal of the cyst and the sac. The team at the office of Gil Q. Galloway, M.D., Inc. performs surgical procedures to remove cysts.

The details of the surgery depend on the type of cyst you have and the location. 

What happens after surgical removal of cysts?

Recovery following surgical removal of your cyst depends on the size and location of your cyst. When possible, the team uses small incisions and specialized tools to minimize scarring, pain, and recovery time.

Your surgeon reviews how to care for your surgical wound to ensure proper healing. Most people need little or no downtime following cyst removal. Your surgeon schedules a follow-up appointment soon after your cyst removal to assess healing. 

To discuss surgical options for your cysts from a team of skilled and experienced surgeons, call the office of Gil Q. Galloway, M.D., Inc., or schedule an appointment online today.