Ganglion surgery surgically cuts away a lump under your skin called a ganglion that is causing pain, preventing you from doing daily activities and looks unsightly with the aim of alleviating these ganglion problems.
What is a ganglion?
A ganglion, also known as a ganglion cyst, is a swelling that tends to appear around the joints on your wrist, hand, fingers, ankle and foot. The size of a ganglion can vary from a pea to ping pong ball.
These non-cancerous lumps are filled with a thick jelly-like fluid similar to synovial fluid that is found around your joints and tendons.
Ganglions may disappear on their own. Others may push on a nerve and cause pain or make some movements difficult. They can also be a cosmetic problem because of their size.
What are the benefits of a ganglion surgery?
The benefits of ganglion surgery include: pain relief, restoration of function so you can get on with your daily undertakings, a better cosmetic appearance and, a good chance of preventing ganglion reoccurrence.
What does a ganglion surgery involve?
Ganglion surgery can involve aspiration of the fluid inside the cyst or ganglion removal surgery.
- Aspiration – a simple outpatient procedure. Your surgeon will use a needle and syringe to drain as much of the contents of the ganglion as possible. They may also inject into the area a dose of steroid medication to help prevent the ganglion returning. They will then place a plaster over your pierced skin. The ganglion may however return.
- Ganglion removal surgery – a day case procedure performed under local or general anaesthetic by:
- Open surgery – your surgeon makes a medium-sized cut over the ganglion site and remove the cyst.
- Arthroscopic surgery – your surgeon makes a smaller incision and passes through a tiny camera called an arthroscope and instruments to remove the cyst.
With ganglion removal surgery the ganglion and its stalk that attaches it to tissue below your skin such as nearby tendons, nerves and blood vessels are removed. It may still return but the reoccurrence rate is lower.
How soon will I recover after a ganglion surgery?
When your ganglion has been removed you can go home the same day.
If the cyst was removed from your wrist or hand, you may need to wear a sling or splint initially to protect from accidental knocks and reduce swelling.
You may experience some tenderness and swelling for up to six weeks after your ganglion removal surgery.
Recovery typically takes two to six weeks.
You can drive when you feel safe to do so.
When you return to work depends on your job and where the ganglion is. You may need to take a week or two off work as it may be difficult to use the computer, write or perform manual duties.
What is the cost of a ganglion?
The cost of your ganglion removal will depend on the procedure you choose. This will be discussed at your consultation. You will then be advised of the guide package price.
We offer a number of finance options to pay for your ganglion removal surgery including an All-inclusive Total Care where a single one-off payment at a pre-agreed price delivers direct access to all the treatment you need for complete reassurance, pay as you go and, medical finance loans.
Non-cosmetic ganglion surgery may be covered by private medical insurance. We advise you to obtain written confirmation from your insurance provider before commencing treatment.
Ganglion with Clifton Park Hospital
Ganglion surgery is a common procedure performed at Clifton Park Hospital for cosmetic and medical reasons. It is unlikely you will be eligible for cosmetic ganglion surgery on the NHS.
Our modern hospital offers five consulting rooms and a dedicated day case unit. We can provide easy access to convenient and local appointments and ganglion treatment.
We work with highly regarded surgeons who regularly perform ganglion surgery.
Patients of York and its surrounding areas can now access appointments at the new Clifton Park Hospital Outpatient Department with 11 consulting rooms, two treatment rooms, x-ray facilities and additional car parking.
Contact us to book an appointment.