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Ganglion removal

Removal of a ganglion cyst associated with a joint or tendon sheath.

Ganglion is a type of cyst which can be drained using a needle (aspiration) or removed with a minor surgical procedure

About ganglion cyst

A ganglion cyst is a bump that usually appears on the fingers or wrist. Its exact causes are unknown, although it is thought to be a leakage of synovial fluid from the joint or tendon. While benign, a ganglion can be unsightly, may cause pain and can even restrict movement. We can offer two main options for treating them.

Need to know

  • What happens during a ganglion removal? icon plus

    An aspiration is quick and straightforward with little or no pain. The fluid-filled cyst is drained using a needle and can sometimes be combined with an injection of steroids.

    In some cases, such as if a previously drained ganglion has returned, your consultant may recommend surgery to remove it.

    If surgery is advised this could be carried out as an arthroscopic (keyhole) procedure using a small camera or using open surgery. Both types of surgery can be carried out under either local or general anaesthetic.
  • How to prepare for a ganglion removal icon plus

    Your consultant will talk you through which type of treatment they recommend for you, and answer any questions you may have.

    If you're having a ganglion removed under general anaesthetic, they'll also let you know how long you should avoid eating and drinking beforehand.

    There are potential risks and side effects involved with any surgical procedure, and your consultant will discuss these with you.
  • After the ganglion has been removed icon plus

    You should be able to go home immediately after an aspiration. You'll have a plaster over the area where the needle was inserted, which you should keep on for a few hours.

    If you're having surgery, you should be able to return home the same day. Your consultant will explain how to care for the area until it is fully healed. They may even recommend hand therapy to help with your recovery.

Our orthoapedic consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.
Consultant in theatres

Our locations

From complex hand surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional hand and wrist care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7730 8298
    General enquiries 020 7730 7733

  • The Wellington Hospital - South Building

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 020 7586 5959

  • London Bridge Hospital

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments & Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773

  • The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    General enquiries 020 7486 1234

  • HCA UK at The Wilmslow Hospital

    52-54 Alderley Road

    Wilmslow

    SK9 1NY

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 01615 160 961

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    HCA UK at The Shard

    The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street

    London

    SE1 9BS

    Call 020 3131 6888
    Opening hours 7:30 - 20:00 Monday - Friday

  • Platinum Medical Centre facility

    Platinum Medical Centre

    Platinum Medical Centre, 15 - 17 Lodge Road

    London

    NW8 7JA

    Call 020 7483 5148

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    Chelsea Outpatient Centre

    280 Kings Road

    London SW3 5AW

    Call 020 7881 4114
    Opening times 8am - 8pm

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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