Ganglion Cyst Removal At A Glance

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from 30 minutes

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from £950 and £175 consultation

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Surgery with a Consultant

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2 weeks

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Ganglion Cyst Removal in Leeds

A ganglion cyst is a noncancerous lump that usually forms along the tendons or joints of your wrist or hand. It is filled with a clear, jelly-like fluid and can vary in size, ranging from a pea-sized bump to a golf ball-sized mass.

Symptoms of a ganglion cyst may include a visible lump or bump, pain, discomfort, and stiffness in the wrist or hand. The cyst can also cause weakness or numbness in the hand or wrist.

In some cases, the cyst may disappear on its own, but if it causes pain or limits your range of motion, we offer treatment with one of our specialist Consultant Plastic Surgeons, with no waiting lists. Treatment options include aspiration by needle or surgical removal.


Ganglion Cyst Removal Videos

Mr David Mather removes a ganglion cyst from a patient's finger in our Minor Ops Suite and answers commonly asked questions about this condition.

Patient Experience

For an idea of what it's like to be treated at Skin Surgery Clinic, a patient who had a cyst removed from her finger shares her story.

What is a Ganglion Cyst?

Ganglion Cysts are benign, fluid-filled growths which develop around joints or tendons, most commonly on the wrists, hands or fingers. The swellings can vary in size, from pea-sized to golf ball sized.

What are my options for Ganglion Cyst Removal?

Ganglion Cysts can be aspirated with a needle, which can reduce pain. This is a short procedure where your surgeon will use a syringe to remove as much of the tissue in the cyst as possible.

However, aspirated Cysts may recur and require further treatment.

Some Ganglion Cysts are suitable for surgical excision, which has a much reduced chance of recurrence. They can be excised (removed) at our clinic.

The procedure takes place in one of our Minor Ops Suites and uses a local anaesthetic.

What causes Ganglion Cysts?

It is not fully understood why Ganglion Cysts form. They seem to occur when the synovial fluid that surrounds a tendon or joint (to lubricate and cushion them during movement) escapes and collects to form a cyst.

Ganglion Cysts are often associated with arthritic changes in middle age but can also occur in young adults.

Other types of Ganglion Cyst

Distal Interphalangeal Mucous Cysts are benign Ganglion Cysts of the fingers, located at the outermost joint. In rare cases, they also occur on the toes.

Who will carry out my Ganglion Cyst treatment?

At our clinic we only offer treatment with Consultant Plastic Surgeons who specialise in Hand and Wrist Surgery. Each one is highly experienced in this area of surgery and also actively works as a Consultant within the NHS.

Should I be concerned about Ganglion Cysts?

Ganglion Cysts are not cancerous and will not spread to other parts of your body. They do often continue to grow in size however and can eventually put pressure on surrounding bone structures, which can be extremely painful. If a Ganglion Cyst is small or isn't causing discomfort, you may choose to leave it alone and in some cases it may disappear without treatment, although this can take a number of years.

Are there any complications of Ganglion Cyst Removal?

As with any surgical procedure, there is a small chance of infection in the  affected area with surgical excision.

Aspirated cysts may reoccur and, if they do, your surgeon may advise you to consider surgical removal instead.

Considering this procedure?

Treatment begins with a consultation with your experienced specialist Consultant Plastic Surgeon, who will assess your condition and answer all of your questions about surgery.

Ganglion Cyst Removal Treatment prices

All procedures are carried out by a specialist hand and wrist Consultant Plastic Surgeon.

Initial Consultation with Consultant£175
Surgical Ganglion Cyst Removalfrom £950
Aspiration Treatment (in Initial Consultation)£125
Additional Aspiration Treatment (separate appointment)£250

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