A ganglion or synovial cyst is a soft tissue lump that can occur around the joints and tendons of the hand, wrist and feet. This is thought to be caused by a distention of a weakened portion of a joint capsule or tendon sheath. These ganglia can persist, or spontaneously resolve. Ganglion removal aims to remove the ganglion from the location either through surgical and non-surgical options, depending on the location and severity.
Those who have diagnosed ganglia on their hands, wrists or feet that haven’t had success with other treatments and would like them removed for functional and/or aesthetic reasons.
Ganglion surgery is usually a successful procedure which dramatically improves the quality of the wrist and hand function for patients. It is important to remain realistic in your outcome as ganglia have the potential to reoccur in some patients.
During your initial consultation your surgeon will determine the site of the ganglion, discuss associated symptoms, severity, any expectations you have, questions about the procedure, medical history and current medication. We will provide as much information as possible so that you feel comfortable and informed.
Please ensure you have arranged someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out at home for a few days. To reduce risk of bleeding and bruising please make sure to:
We will guide you to prepare for surgery so that your procedure and recovery go smoothly.
Ganglion removal is performed under general anesthetic or an arm block where only your arm is anesthetized. Finger ganglia can be removed under local anesthetic. Whichever is used, you will be very comfortable and experience no pain during the surgery.
During the procedure, excision of the ganglion cyst is made, tracing it down to the origin which is often the joint. The area of joint weakness can be reinforced with sutures. It is common for finger ganglia to occur when there is arthritis and if a bone spur or osteophyte is located, this will be removed also. The incision is sutured and dressings applied. Simple procedures take approximately 30 minutes or up to an hour for a more complex operation, and you will likely be able to go home that day.
As with any surgery there are some risks involved such as:
Please call our office if you experience any of the following: excessive pain or bleeding, abnormal swelling or fever during the first 24 hours.
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