Ganglion cyst removal

Ganglion Cyst Removal with West Valley Hospital

Ganglion cyst removal takes away a ganglion cyst with the aim of relieving the pain it is causing, improving functionality of your affected joint, and cosmetically enhancing the area. There are two treatment options for ganglion removal:

Aspiration – fluid is drained out of the cyst with a needle and syringe on an outpatient basis.

Ganglion cyst removal surgery – your ganglion is carefully and entirely removed under local or general anaesthetic as a day case procedure, using either open or arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery. Your surgeon will discuss the best surgical option for you based on the location of your ganglion, your preferred anaesthetic, and their recommendations.

Ganglion cyst removal at West Valley Hospital is regularly performed by our highly-skilled surgeons who offer convenient appointments to fully discuss your treatment. We perform ganglion removal to relieve pain, improve function and for cosmetic reasons.

What is a ganglion cyst?

A ganglion cyst is a fluid-filled lump that develops under your skin usually on or near a joint or tendon as this is where the fluid comes from. A ganglion typically develops on your wrist, but they can appear on your hand, ankle, foot or knee. The size of a ganglion cyst can range from that of a pea to a golf ball. Their shape is usually round or oval.

Some ganglions are painless and disappear on their own. Others may be painful, large and cause problems. Your doctor may recommend the removal of more bothersome ganglion cysts.

What are the benefits of a ganglion cyst removal?

The benefits of ganglion cyst removal include:

  • Pain relief

  • Restored functionality to perform normal daily activities

  • Enhanced cosmetic appearance

  • Reduced risk of your ganglion cyst returning.

How to recover from a ganglion cyst removal

You can expect to go home the same day as your ganglion cyst removal. We will arrange a follow-up appointment with you before you leave hospital. You should follow your surgeons post-operative advice. Initially you may need to wear a sling or splint.

For the first week it is advisable to keep the treated area raised to reduce your risk of swelling. Use an ice pack as needed. You should avoid lifting heavy objects. Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Our physiotherapist can give you specific exercises to aid your recovery after a ganglion removal.

The joint where your ganglion was may continue to ache but this should settle. It usually takes two to six weeks to recover from ganglion cyst removal. You will be able to resume driving once you feel safe to do so. Most people are able to return to work one to two weeks after their ganglion removal but it depends on the type of work that you do. You should discuss with your surgeon when you are able to return to work.

What is the cost of a ganglion cyst removal?

Our guide package price for a ganglion cyst removal is £2300. Included in this package is unlimited aftercare. Ganglion removal for medical reasons may be covered by your private medical insurance. We advise that you check with your insurance provider and get written confirmation before starting treatment.

You can pay for your treatment in a number of ways: All-inclusive Total Care where a single one-off payment at a pre-agreed price gives you all the treatment you need for your ganglion cyst removal, and interest free medical finance loans.

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