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The only treatment for a dermoid cyst is to remove it through surgery. This is usually an outpatient procedure. Your child can go home on the same day as the surgery.

Before surgery, we will give your child medicine to make them sleep without pain (general anesthesia). The surgeon will:

  • Make a small cut, or incision, in the skin over the cyst.
  • Remove the cyst and close the incision.

The surgery takes about an hour or less, and your child will be in the recovery room for another hour.

Dermoid Cyst Removal Surgery

After surgery, we will give your child pain medicine to make them comfortable. You'll need to keep the incision clean and dry until it heals. The surgery team will teach you how to care for the incision and what to give your child at home for pain. They will tell you whether you need to limit your child's activity for a while.

About two to three weeks after surgery, your child will need to see the surgeon for a follow-up visit. The surgeon will make sure the incision is healing and your child is recovering well.

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