Ganglion Cyst Removal Surgery


Dr Jesse Kenton-Smith Plastic Surgeon

What is a ganglion?


A ganglion is a fluid filled sack which generally communicates with a joint.  The most common ganglions are those that occur on the back of the wrist (dorsal wrist ganglion).   They may also occur on the front of the wrist (volar wrist ganglion) or within the hand (normally a flexor sheath ganglion). 

Will a ganglion disappear on it’s own?

Some ganglions go up and down with time.  Ganglions that have been present for more than three to six months will not usually spontaneously disappear.  The traditional treatment of whacking a ganglion with a big heavy Bible is not recommended! 

How are ganglions treated surgically?

Most ganglions are treated at the day surgical facility of St Georges Hospital or Southern Cross Hospital under either a short general anaesthetic or an arm block.  An incision is made over the ganglion.  Any important nerves or structures are identified by Dr Kenton-Smith and preserved. 

Wrist ganglions are dissected from the surrounding tissue and the neck of the sac, which communicates with the wrist joint, is also removed.  This minimises the chance of recurrence of the ganglion.

Ganglions within the hands need to be removed carefully and the important nerves of the hand are identified and preserved by Dr Kenton-Smith prior to removing the it.  After the ganglion is removed and stitched a soft woollen crepe dressing is applied. 

How long will it take for me to recover?

The dressing is required for the following five days to keep the hand comfortable.  Gentle activity is recommended following surgery but no heavy manual labour before three to four weeks.

When can I return to work?

Most people can return to work within a few days if they perform the light duties or desk type jobs. 

How much does it cost?

The cost of the surgery is approximately $6,500, this includes all surgical, anaesthetic and hospital costs

If you require further information, please contact us via the email facility on this website or telephone us on (03) 355 6815.

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Dr. Kenton-Smith

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Dr. Kenton Smith is a qualified plastic surgeon now focusing entirely on his private practice and serving on The Board of The College of Surgeons. His accredited day surgery in Merivale, Christchurch offers a range of plastic and reconstructive surgeries, tailored for his patients, with a focus on best possible care and outcomes.

Dr. Kate Matthews

Cosmetic Physician and GP
Dr Kate Matthews is both a family GP and an Appearance Medicine Physician. Dr Matthews is one of the few GPs in New Zealand who works closely with a Plastic Surgeon. Dr Kenton-Smith and Dr Matthews often work together to maximize aesthetic results, using a range of Botox, cosmetic fillers and cosmecuetical skin care.

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