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Ganglions are fluid-filled lumps that develop under the skin, near joints and tendons. Ganglion cysts can be uncomfortable and unsightly. The London Clinic provides ganglion cyst removal by world-renowned orthopaedic surgeons and a comfortable, stress-free environment in which to recover.

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.  

What is a ganglion?

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. 

Who can benefit from ganglion cyst removal?

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.

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.  

Ganglion cyst removal at The London Clinic

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.

Your surgeon will make a 5cm incision in the skin and tissues overlying the ganglion. They will carefully separate the cyst from the tendons, nerves, and blood vessels in the area. They will then remove the ganglion and suture the skin closed.

The London Clinic also offers arthroscopic ganglion removal. Arthroscopy is an innovative kind of keyhole surgery. The surgeon makes smaller cuts and inserts a narrow telescope attached to a digital camera into the area. The camera sends high-quality images to a monitor. Your surgeon can examine the ganglion and insert fine instruments to remove the cyst. Arthroscopic surgery offers smaller scars, quicker recovery, and fewer complications than open procedures.

Recovery and aftercare

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.

Why choose The London Clinic?

The London Clinic is dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with over 600 world-renowned consultants available to offer informed health advice and treatment.

Spanning Harley Street and Devonshire Place, The London Clinic is situated in the heart of London’s internationally-known medical district. This central location, together with state-of-the art technologies and facilities that are not widely available in other hospitals, makes The London Clinic the hospital of choice for around 120,000 patients every year.

The London Clinic is an HTA licensed and JACIE accredited cancer centre with an ‘Excellent’ MacMillan Quality Environment Mark and with access to a Level 3 intensive care unit.

Offering affordable and competitive self-pay packages and expert support from Clinical Nurse Specialists and our specialised multidisciplinary team, over 98% of our patients said they would recommend The London Clinic to their friends and families.

Treatment cost

The London Clinic offers affordable, competitive self-pay packages for certain treatments.

Patients have the option to spread the cost of treatment with Chrysalis Finance.

Please call +44 (0)20 3613 7502 to speak to our helpful team to find out more and to book an appointment.

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