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Ganglion removal surgery

Ganglions can sometimes cause pain or discomfort. Ganglion removal surgery removes the lump and any discomfort from it should disappear. Book online today

Female hand with a wrist ganglion cyst

What is a ganglion?

A ganglion is a lump under the skin that contains fluid. Most ganglions form near the wrist joint (see figure 1) but they can also be found on the ankle and foot. The fluid in the ganglion is called synovial fluid, and it keeps joints and tendons lubricated during movement.

Ganglions are mostly a cosmetic issue but sometimes can cause pain or discomfort.  There is no clear explanation on how they form or what the cause is. A ganglion will often disappear on its own after a year or two. If your ganglion is not causing much trouble, it is best to leave it alone.

The fluid can be taken out of the ganglion using a needle. This improves any discomfort for a while. Your doctor may also inject the ganglion with a steroid (cortisone). These treatments may help for a short time.

What are the benefits of ganglion removal surgery?

The lump and any discomfort from it should disappear. Surgery gives the best chance of stopping the ganglion coming back.

What will happen during a ganglion removal?

A variety of anaesthetic techniques are possible. The ganglion removal operation usually takes between a quarter of an hour and half an hour.

Your surgeon will make a cut over the ganglion and separate the ganglion from the nearby tendons, nerves and blood vessels. They will then remove the ganglion.

What are the risks of the procedure?

Ganglion removal is a routine and minor procedure so there is a small risk of complications. As with any intervention there might be risks of bleeding, infection in the wound or unsightly scarring. There is a risk of damage to the small nerves near the ganglion or experiencing permanent stiffness in the wrist.

Some ganglions come back after a few months or years. The consultant will discuss all risks prior to the procedure.

How soon will I recover?

You should be able to go home the same day.

Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible following ganglion removal. Before you start exercising, you should ask a member of the healthcare team or your GP for advice. The joint where the ganglion was can continue to ache but any joint stiffness should get better fairly quickly.

Excision of ganglion

Please be aware that the following prices are a guide price. Your final price will be confirmed in writing following your consultation and any necessary diagnostic tests.

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Guide price
Hospital fees N/A Not included £2,875 Included £2,875
Consultants fees from £200 N/A Included Included £200
Guide price £3,075

Specialists offering Ganglion removal surgery

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Mr James Logan

Consultant Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon

MBBS, BSc (Hons), AICSM, PGDip (SEM), FRCS (Tr & Orth), Dip Hand Surg (Br)

Mount Alvernia Hospital

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Mr Adam Nisar Pandit

Consultant Orthopaedic & Upper Limb Surgeon

B.Med.Sci, MBBS, FRCS T&O

The Princess Margaret Hospital

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Mr John Moir

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MbChB, FRCS (Orth), ChM, Dip BioMech

Ross Hall Hospital

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Mr Dan Armstrong

Consultant Hand and Wrist Orthopaedic Surgeon

BMedSci, BMBS, MRCS(Ed), FRCS(Tr&Orth), PGCertMedEd, DipHandSurg

The Park Hospital

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Mr Shyam Kumar

Consultant Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon

FRCS (Trauma & Ortho), FEBOT (Fellowship of the European Board of Orthopaedics & Trauma), FRCS, M.S (Ortho), DNB (Ortho)  

The Lancaster Hospital

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Mr Arjuna Imbuldeniya

Consultant Hip, Knee and Trauma surgeon

MBBS, B.Med.Sci(Hons), MSc, DIC, FRCS (Tr& Orth)

The Clementine Churchill Hospital 1 more Syon Clinic

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