A ganglion is a small swelling that contains a thick jelly-like material. It looks and feels like a smooth lump under the skin. It is not fully understood how it occurs. A ganglion is usually attached to a joint or tendon, and the fluid inside is like a thicker version of the fluid which ‘lubricates’ the joint and tendon sheaths (synovial fluid). The most common site for a ganglion to be found is on the back of the wrist. It can also occur on the other side of the wrist, on the hand, and on the top of the foot. Other sites of the body are affected less commonly.
The downloadable leaflet is for anyone who is recovering from, or is about to undergo surgery to remove a ganglion. The following information is designed to help you make the important decisions about your recovery – such as when you should go back to work, and generally just get back to enjoying life the way you like it. Your surgeon, GP and other healthcare professionals will offer you a lot of very good advice – but ultimately it’s you that has to make the decision. The advice in this leaflet offers broad guidelines for people who do not have any complications with their surgery, or other specific medical circumstances, such as a long-term condition. Obviously, every individual has different needs and recovers in different ways – so not all the advice in this leaflet will be suitable for everybody.
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