Ganglions are benign tumours of the synovial tissue around the joints or tendons of the hands and feet. They commonly occur around the wrist joints or on the backs of the fingertips, where they press on the nail bed causing fingernail grooving. Ganglia can be removed if they become large or painful.
Surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis under local anaesthesia.
What to Expect
On the day we will have a pre-surgery brief that consists of:
- A final explanation and answering any questions regarding the procedure.
- Completion of a consent form.
- Check if you have any drug intolerances to antibiotics or anti-inflammatory agents.
- The issue of painkillers and antibiotics as a ‘pre-med’.
After surgery, a firm bulky dressing is applied and often a splint to reduce movement, this will aid in recovery and help reduce any discomfort. In the case of hand surgery, a high arm sling is issued to help reduce swelling and prevent use until healed.
Note: As ganglia are often associated with any number of degenerative joint diseases, despite treatment, they re-occur in about 20% of cases.