Ganglions, and how to tame them

A ganglion is something that people tend not to know about until they’re unlucky enough to contract one: it’s a fluid-filled, non-cancerous lump created by a build-up of synovial fluid – the thick lubricant that keep your joints and tendons suitable ‘oiled’ – which usually occurs on the hand or wrist (and sometimes on the feet or ankles). They tend to come and go, and they eventually disappear, but this happens over the course of years, not weeks or months.

A simple solution to an ugly problem

Almost always, ganglions are painless – but they don’t look attractive. They can range in size from the size of a pea, to – in extreme cases – the size of a golf ball. And while you can get them removed on the NHS, this only happens if you’re one of the tiny minority who suffers pain from them – and even then, you’ll be put on a waiting list. So if you want your painless ganglion removed – or you’re in pain and you don’t want to be kept waiting – you’re going to have to take your problem to a cosmetic practitioner.

The good news is that ganglion cyst removal is both simple and relatively painless and can be performed under local or general anaesthesia. When the cyst is identified, it is cut out – along with its stalk, to ensure it can’t grow back.

Easy removal, minimal side-effects

Once entirely removed, the gap it has left is stitched up, allowing the skin to naturally knit together and heal, and then bandaged, in order to prevent infection. There may be an element of bruising after the procedure, but this will quickly fade. There’s also a slim chance of temporary stiffness, swelling or pain afterwards, but this can be easily treated with antibiotics.

So, if you’re tired of the unsightly appearance of a ganglion, we can book you in as soon as possible and treat you professionally and effectively. For more information on how to book, please consult our ganglion page.

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