Ganglion removal (feet)

What is a ganglion?

A ganglion is a non-cancerous cyst filled with clear jelly-like material, related to a joint or tendon sheath. The most common position for a ganglion is over the back of the wrist, but ganglia are also found around other joints of the toes, feet and ankles.

A ganglion forms a smooth prominent lump which may fluctuate in size or even disappear completely, though it may come back again. Some ganglia cause pain and discomfort. Though there are some measures to break and empty the cyst, many return or refill, proving the best method to be removing it entirely by surgical procedure.

What does ganglion removal involve?

Ganglion removal is done under either a local or general anaesthetic as a day case procedure and takes up to 30 minutes. Your surgeon will make a cut over the ganglion and separate it from the nearby tendons, nerves and blood vessels before removal. At the end of the procedure your skin will be closed with stitches.

When will I recover?

You should be able to go home the same day, but must rest and elevate the foot as much as possible for the first two weeks. The stitches will need removing after two weeks.

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