Ganglion Excision What You Need to Know

While ganglion cysts are usually harmless, they can cause pain, discomfort, and limited mobility if they press on a nerve or interfere with joint movement. Ganglion cysts can occur in anyone but are most common in women between the ages of 20 and 40. They typically develop on the wrist or hand, but they can also occur on the ankle or foot. Ganglion excision in Glasgow—a surgical procedure that involves the removal of a ganglion cyst—is usually recommended when other treatments, such as aspiration or immobilization, have failed to alleviate symptoms or if the cyst is causing significant discomfort or interference with joint function. To learn more about how we can help you find relief from ganglion cysts, reach out to Elanic Medical in Glasgow and set up your consultation with a helpful member of our team today.

Types of Ganglion Cysts

There are two main types of ganglion cysts: dorsal and volar. Dorsal ganglion cysts are located on the back of the wrist, while volar ganglion cysts are located on the palm side of the wrist. Both types of ganglion cysts can be painful and may interfere with joint movement. In addition to these two main types, ganglion cysts can also be classified based on their location and size. For example, a ganglion cyst that develops on the ankle is known as a tibial ganglion cyst, while one that develops on the foot is known as a plantar ganglion cyst.

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Signs and Symptoms

If the cyst is pressing on a nerve, it may also cause tingling, numbness, or weakness in the affected area.

Some of the other common symptoms that may warrant a ganglion excision include:

  • Pain or discomfort in the affected joint
  • Restricted movement of the joint
  • Tenderness or swelling around the cyst
  • A visible lump or bump on the wrist, hand, or foot
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Preparing for Ganglion Excision

Medical History

Prior to ganglion excision, your medical history will be reviewed to ensure that there are no underlying medical conditions that may increase the risk of complications during the procedure. Your surgeon will ask about any previous surgeries, allergies, and current medications.

Physical Exam

Your surgeon will perform a physical exam to evaluate the size, location, and severity of the ganglion cyst. The exam may include palpation of the affected area, range of motion testing, and sensory testing to determine if you are a good candidate for surgery.

Imaging Tests

In some cases, imaging tests may be ordered to provide a more detailed view of the ganglion cyst. X-rays, ultrasounds, or MRIs may be used to help the surgeon determine the best approach for removing the cyst and rule out other conditions that may be causing your symptoms.

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The Ganglion Excision Procedure

Ganglion excision in Glasgow can be performed under either local or general anesthesia, depending on the size and location of the cyst and the preference of the surgeon and the patient. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, your surgeon will make a small incision over the ganglion cyst. The location and size of the incision will depend on the location and size of the cyst.

Your surgeon will then carefully remove the ganglion cyst from the surrounding tissue. The cyst may be attached to a tendon, ligament, or joint, and the surgeon will need to detach it carefully to avoid damaging the surrounding tissue. If the ganglion cyst is located near a joint, the surgeon may need to remove a small portion of the joint capsule to fully remove the cyst.

Once the ganglion cyst has been removed, your surgeon will close the incision with stitches or surgical glue. The incision will then be covered with a sterile dressing. You’ll be able to go home the same day as the surgery with a splint or brace to immobilize the affected joint for a period of time to aid in the healing and recovery process.

Recovery After Ganglion Excision

After a ganglion excision, you’ll likely experience some discomfort, swelling, and stiffness. Your surgeon may prescribe pain medication and recommend applying ice to the affected area to help reduce swelling. The patient should avoid using the affected hand or foot for the first few days after surgery.

You may need to wear a splint or cast to immobilize the affected area and promote healing, and your surgeon will provide you with aftercare instructions, in addition to scheduling a series of follow-up appointments that will enable us to monitor your progress and ensure that you are healing properly.

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If you’d like to learn more about how Elanic Medical can help you find the speedy, efficient relief you deserve, our team is here for you and ready to help. We understand that stressful health issues can only be made worse by lengthy wait times and an inefficient insurance system. Elanic Medical is Glasgow’s newest, most advanced private hospital and is proud to be offering you the easy and timely access to high-quality healthcare you need. When you’re ready to say goodbye to the queue and enjoy the relief you’ve been looking for, our staff is standing by. Reach out to Elanic Medical in Glasgow and set up your initial consultation today.

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