Ganglion Removal Treatment

What is a ganglion?

Ganglion removal treatmentA ganglion is a lump under the skin that contains fluid. Most ganglions form near the wrist joint (see figure 1) but they can also be found on the ankle and foot. The fluid in the ganglion is called synovial fluid, and it keeps joints and tendons lubricated during movement.

Ganglions are mostly a cosmetic issue but sometimes can cause pain or discomfort.  There is no clear explanation on how they form or what the cause is. A ganglion will often disappear on its own after a year or two. If your ganglion is not causing much trouble, it is best to leave it alone.

The fluid can be taken out of the ganglion using a needle. This improves any discomfort for a while. Your doctor may also inject the ganglion with a steroid (cortisone). These treatments may help for a short time.

What are the benefits of ganglion removal surgery?

The lump and any discomfort from it should disappear. Surgery gives the best chance of stopping the ganglion coming back.

What will happen during a ganglion removal?

A variety of anaesthetic techniques are possible. The ganglion removal operation usually takes between a quarter of an hour and half an hour.

Your surgeon will make a cut over the ganglion and separate the ganglion from the nearby tendons, nerves and blood vessels. They will then remove the ganglion.

What are the risks of the procedure?

Ganglion removal is a routine and minor procedure so there is a small risk of complications. As with any intervention there might be risks of bleeding, infection in the wound or unsightly scarring. There is a risk of damage to the small nerves near the ganglion or experiencing permanent stiffness in the wrist.

Some ganglions come back after a few months or years. The consultant will discuss all risks prior to the procedure.

How soon will I recover?

You should be able to go home the same day.

Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible following ganglion removal. Before you start exercising, you should ask a member of the healthcare team or your GP for advice. The joint where the ganglion was can continue to ache but any joint stiffness should get better fairly quickly.

Paying for your operation

Excision of a ganglion costs are covered by most medical insurance policies, but please check with your insurer first. If you are paying for your own treatment the cost of the operation will be explained and confirmed in writing when you book the operation. Ask the hospital for a quote beforehand, and ensure that this includes the surgeon’s fee, the anaesthetist’s fee and the hospital charge for your procedure.

*Revised and updated November 2016.

Pricing

Ganglion removal (lump on joint)

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £2,254 Included £2,254
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £2,454
Initial consultation
Hospital fees N/A
Consultants fees £200
Diagnostic investigations
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees N/A
Main treatment
Hospital fees £2,254
Consultants fees Included
Post discharge care
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees Included
Total £2,454

Terms & Conditions

Treatment prices displayed are a guide for initial consultation, and a guide price for our fixed price packages which include pre-assessment, procedure and aftercare. Your Consultant will be able to discuss costs in greater detail at your consultation, after which a quote of your fixed price package will be provided [which is subject to results of any pre-assessment tests]. Prices can be subject to change.

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