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Ganglions are common in the wrist, hand and fingers. They are fluid filled sacs which sit near joints or tendons. There is no understanding about how these occur but it is possible that there is a small tear, from an internal injury, in part of the joint or tendon structures which allows a leaking of fluid. They can occur at any age and can look like a speech bubble with a stem and ball (sac).
Ganglions look like a speech bubble with a stem and ball (sac). They can occur at any age.
If the ganglion does not cause any symptoms and does not block movement, it can be left alone, as it may disappear over time. If, however, it is causing difficulties most can be surgically removed.
Specialist surgeons are available for you and they may be either plastic surgeons or orthopaedic surgeons with a specialist training in the upper limb. Successful surgery is best achieved by removing both the sac and the stem of the ganglion. Results are often good but there is always a small recurrence rate.
Depending on the ganglion and its location, recovery time can vary. Therapy is usually minimal after this procedure.