Ganglion cyst excision

Ganglions are fluid-filled lumps that develop under the skin, near joints and tendons. Ganglion cysts can be uncomfortable and unsightly.



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What is it for?

For the removal of ganglion cysts under the skin, near joints and tendons

Treatment overview

Ganglion surgery removes the lump, eases any discomfort, and offers the best chance of preventing the ganglion from returning.

The London Clinic’s specialist surgeons work in state-of-the-art operating theatres.

They are assisted by an expert multidisciplinary team to support your treatment and rehabilitation.  

The orthopaedic surgeons at The London Clinic can perform ganglion cyst removal surgery under local, regional, or general anaesthetic.

The operation takes between 15 and 20 minutes. It is usually a day case procedure, meaning you won’t need to stay in hospital overnight.

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Treatment options

Ganglions are harmless, and some go away without treatment, so surgery is not always necessary. However, they can be painful and can impair function, especially when large.

The surgeons can drain ganglion cysts using a fine needle or inject steroids to shrink the swelling; however, they can recur following treatment.

The traditional remedy for ganglions was bashing them with the family bible. However, The London Clinic offers more cutting-edge, evidence-led treatments that are considerably less brutal.

Ganglion cyst consultation at The London Clinic

Our experienced surgeons will assess and advise you in The London Clinic’s comfortable and well-equipped consulting rooms.

They will take a detailed medical history, examine your ganglion, and ask about the impact your symptoms have on your wellbeing and function.

In consultation with you, they will then plan your ganglion cyst removal. They will take the time to answer all your questions and address any concerns.  

Why choose The London Clinic

Excellence in one place

We operate as teams of experts with world-class resources dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of medical care. You are surrounded by the latest treatments and advice with everything you need to get back to your best health.

Personal care, every time

Exceptional patient care is a way of life for us. Our nurses, clinicians and support teams are dedicated to the care of a very small number of patients, so have more time for you. They’ll be with you every step of the way, tailoring your care around you and giving the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing you’re in the best hands.

Effortlessly simple

We work together as one to guide you through each step of your experience, with complexities unravelled and answers readily to hand. Your personal treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.

What's included in your package?

Choosing The London Clinic means your treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.


Your treatment package will include:

  • Enhanced pre-admission assessment
  • Your treatment with our complete care team at your fingertips
  • Personalised aftercare and follow-up

We want you to be in control of your health. That’s why we also offer optional services such as comprehensive recovery packages and extra touches for you to choose from during your stay with us.

How to pay

  • You can use private medical insurance (PMI) to access this treatment. We work with all major PMI providers in the UK and many internationally
  • You can pay for yourself (self-pay)
  • If you’re paying for yourself, we have finance options available with Chrysalis


A ganglion is a smooth lump that is filled with fluid. They develop near joints and tendons, with three-quarters forming near the wrist and others affecting the hands, ankles, and feet.

Ganglions can be as small as a pea or as big as a golf ball. They are filled with synovial fluid, which is the fluid that lubricates and cushions joints and facilitates movement. 

Ganglions can be uncomfortable. The consultant orthopaedic surgeons at The London Clinic can operate to excise the cyst and restore your function

if your ganglion is large, painful, or affecting your joint movement.

Most people can go home on the day of ganglion surgery. The London Clinic's team will provide support as you recover and arrange follow-up to assess your progress.

The wound will be dressed and bandaged to protect it as it heals.  If the ganglion was on your wrist or hand, the staff might give you a sling to reduce swelling and aid healing.

You should move your fingers or toes regularly to help fluid drain and keep the joints mobile.

Pain is usually minimal; taking regular over-the-counter painkillers can help relieve any discomfort.

The surgeon will monitor your progress and may recommend specialist physiotherapy if you have ongoing pain or stiffness.

They will let you know when you can go back to work; this will depend on the size and position of the ganglion, your general wellbeing, and the type of work you do.

If your job is physical or involves manual labour, it’s sensible to take time off to rest and recover. The London Clinic team will always be on hand if you have any problems or worries.


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