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Ganglions are fluid-filled cysts that usually develop near joints and tendons, most commonly on the wrists, hands, and fingers. They usually look and feel like smooth lumps and bumps under the skin and are harmless and non-cancerous, however, they can be painful depending on their size and location.
Synovial fluid covers your joints and tendons to keep them lubricated, but sometimes this fluid will collect and create a ganglion cyst. There is no clear reason why these cysts form or what causes them and they are usually only a cosmetic problem.
Although a ganglion cyst can be left to go away on its own, this can often take years.
Currently, the NHS views ganglion treatment as a procedure of limited clinical value unless your ganglion is causing significant pain or is interfering in your daily life. This means you will not be able to get the treatment you need through the NHS or may have to wait a long time to see a specialist. With Summerfield Healthcare, you can book a virtual consultation with our consultant orthopaedic surgeon and we can make arrangements to get you the right treatment in Shrewsbury within a short space of time. Face to face consultations are available at your request. You do not need a referral.
How your ganglion is treated will depend on its size and location. Ganglion removal is done under either local or general anaesthetic depending on the cyst. Our consultant will advise you on the type of treatment you will need and whether we can assist you at Summerfield Healthcare.
Smaller ganglion cysts can be aspirated with a needle. This procedure involves numbing the affected area before removing fluid from the cyst with a needle. This will reduce the appearance of the ganglion and take pressure off any nerves or tendons, alleviating pain. Ganglion cyst drainage through aspiration is fast and effective but aspirated cysts are more likely to recur and you may need further treatment if your cyst comes back.
The preferred ganglion cyst treatment is minor surgery and this is the method we offer. Surgery is either done as open surgery, where an incision is made and the full ganglion cyst exposed and removed.
During open surgery, the affected area will be numbed with anaesthetic and your surgeon will make a cut over the cyst to fully expose it. The ganglion cyst is then separated from the joints and tendons before being removed. This ensures that the cyst won’t recur. Your surgeon will clean and close the wound with stitches before applying dressing to keep it protected.
Keyhole surgery is less likely to leave scarring, usually heals faster and is often the preferred surgical method for ganglion removal where it is possible. During arthroscopic surgery a small camera is used to look inside the incision to properly cut and remove the cyst with minimal damage to your skin.
The whole procedure usually takes around 30 minutes depending on the size and location of the ganglion.
Ganglion removal is a routine out-patient procedure and you will be able to leave immediately after your treatment.
If you had surgery and would normally drive yourself, you will need to arrange for transport as the surgical area will be bandaged and if you had surgery on your wrist or hand you will also need to wear a sling.
You will need to keep the area elevated as much as possible, so if your cyst was removed from your leg or ankle then it is a good idea to keep your leg up. You will be given a high sling if the cyst was on your hand or wrist.
To make sure your joints stay mobile, you should gently flex the joint where the cyst was removed on a regular basis.
Ganglion cyst treatment usually leaves a scar. At the beginning your scar may be dark red and raised, but the scarring will go down over time. You may also experience bruising, swelling, and pain following surgery. This is normal and should subside within a few days. You can take over the counter medication such as paracetamol if needed.
Full recovery time varies in every case depending on the size and location of the cyst. Although most people can return to regular work within a few days, if your work involves manual labour or intensive movement then you may need to take more time off. If you are concerned about recovery time you can talk to your consultant who will advise you on your individual case.
When you book a consultation with Summerfield Healthcare, you can be assured of quick virtual appointments with an experienced specialist wrist surgeon, meaning you only have to attend our clinic once you know that our surgeon can provide your procedure.
No referral is required and we accept self funding and insured patients.
Although we are a private service our fees are structured with our patients in mind and we run regular ganglion cyst excision clinics in Shrewsbury & Wolverhampton. An initial consultation is £199. The procedure and follow up consultations are £1999.
We can arrange your ganglion cyst excision quickly and easily, simply book a virtual consultation with our orthopaedic hand and wrist surgeon online, email your enquiry to [email protected] or call our reception team on 0333 9000 010. An initial consultation costs £199 with our experienced consultant orthopaedic surgeon. Face to face consultations are available at your request, simply let us know if that is your preference.
Summerfield Healthcare’s medical reception team are specially trained to deal with all enquiries in a professional, prompt and private manner.
Although Summerfield Healthcare is a private practice our fees are low cost and structured with you in mind. Initial consultation fees are listed below:
Virtual consultation with our experienced orthopaedic surgeon. Face to face consultations available at your request.
No GP referral needed.
No hidden costs, fee includes:
Ganglion cyst excision procedure
Post surgery orthopaedic consultation virtually (or face to face if specified by our consultant)
Stitch removal 10 days post surgery