Surgery for ganglion cysts (herniation)
A safe and efficient treatment!
Treatment of ganglion cysts (herniation) is a reliable solution for patients who want relief from the painful herniation of the hand (cysts), which restricts wrist or finger movements, and is not aesthetically pleasing.
Ganglion cysts may be treated by aspiration, i.e. by removing the liquid inside the cyst. However, the cyst may form again, in which case surgery will be recommended. The chances of the ganglion cyst re-occurring following the surgery is 10-20%.
At our Centre, where our focus is on patient health, arthroscopic surgery is usually used for the treatment of this condition (small incisions, better precision).
Patients are discharged on the same day, and are able to perform activities not requiring a lot of physical exertion. We recommend that manual workers take 3 weeks off work.
You will not have to come to the Centre to have your dressing changed after the surgery as we use special bandages to save patient time.
Do not delay. This is a safe and effective surgical procedure which will make you once again feel comfortable and your hand will have an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Ganglion cyst (herniation) treatment price
Surgery for ganglion cysts (herniation) is an effective solution that can give relief from the discomfort caused by the disease. The treatment price includes pre-operative and post-operative consultations with the hand surgeon, x-ray and laboratory tests.
What factors affect the price?
The prices indicated below apply to citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and the European Union.
If you are coming from another country please check the price by telephoning or sending an email.
When are the examinations are carried out:
2 hours for the most common (routine) blood tests and urinalysis.
The reports of computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) imaging and other
instrumental examinations are usually ready immediately, i.e within 2-3 hours after the examination.
What you need to know about surgery?
The aim of the surgery is to remove the entire sack without any damage to the surrounding anatomic structures. Ganglion cysts can be operated on using one of two surgery methods. When using the open surgery technique, the surgeon makes an incision in the skin and excises the sack and its stalk. Sometimes the stalk cannon be located, which means that there is a risk that the cyst will re-occur. The arthroscopic method is a more advanced option. A small camera is inserted into the wrist joint through small incisions. The camera helps to locate and remove the root of the cyst from the inside of the joint. This is the preferred method which leaves behind small incisions and allows for examination of the joint during the surgery.
Physical activity should be restricted for three weeks after the surgery.
Tests required before the surgery:
- Complete blood count;
- Activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT);
- Blood glucose test;
- Electrocardiogram (ECG) including interpretation.
Patients can bring their test records from other healthcare institutions, or they may have them done at the Medical Diagnostic and Treatment Centre. The tests take 2 hrs. Prices of the tests performed at the Centre. The tests must be performed no earlier than 14 days before the surgery.
For choosing us:
- Consultations and tests – all in 1 day.
- Surgery can be performed within 1-3 weeks after the initial consultation. You can go home on the same day.
- Hospital acquired infection rate – 0 in 5 years.
- Surgeries are performed by some of the most experienced doctors in Lithuania.
Frequently asked questions
Ganglion cysts are the most common benign growths on the hand. They are filled with gelatinous fluid. The cysts may quickly disappear and re-appear again. It is not known what triggers the formation of a ganglion. It is thought that one of the reasons could be the mechanical stress impacting the elements of the joint. The lump appears under the skin when the fluid tries to get out of the joint or the tendon through the stem, due to the increase of fluid or because of the pressure. Ganglions are common on several joints in the wrist, and along the tendons of the palm, but they can also develop on other parts of the body, e.g. on the feet and ankles. Ganglion cysts vary in size, starting from as small as a pea and up to 5 cm in diameter. They can become painful if they start pressing on the nearby nerve or if they interfere with the wrist movements.