Ganglion Removal

The most common form of benign tumour is the ganglion cyst, a ball of fluid that grows on a tendon or joint. The backs of the hands and wrists are most commonly affected, but ganglions can appear on the feet, knees or ankles.

The cause is unknown but it is thought that small tears in the tendon membrane or joint capsule caused by overuse or trauma cause the contents to squeeze out.

Occasionally ganglion cysts go away by themselves. However, where cysts persist or affect daily life, surgical removal is recommended. Surgery must be done meticulously to avoid the not infrequent recurrence of the problem.

What does the surgery involve?

The surgery is usually performed at the Coffs Harbour Day Surgery or Baringa Private Hospital under general anaesthesia and with the use of a tourniquet to give good vision.  The procedure can be difficult if the cyst is multi-loculated.

What is recovery like?

Depending on the location of the excised ganglion cyst, full recovery can take anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks. You will be fitted with a splint for about one week, after which you will be encouraged to get the joint moving again, but with some restriction.

Will I have scars?

All surgery leaves scars. In most cases the scar tissue becomes difficult to see after a period of 12 to 18 months. We will provide extensive scar management advice post surgery.

What complications can arise from this procedure?

As with all surgical procedures, there will always be risks such as post-operative bleeding, allergic reactions and haematoma.

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