A ganglion is a benign, fluid-filled sac that can form in the wrist and hand. The exact cause of ganglions remains uncertain, but they often appear following trauma or degeneration of tissue.
Ganglions are often diagnosed simply by their location and shape, although HCA hospitals perform an X-ray or ultrasound examination, when required.
Ganglions often change in size and may even disappear spontaneously, and our hand and wrist specialists usually recommend a period of observation if there are no other symptoms. However, we offer surgical removal if the ganglion is causing pain, restricting range of movement or having an impact on the functional use of the affected hand.
When you have ganglions removed at an HCA hospital:
- you will be treated in a dedicated hand and wrist unit
- you will be cared for by an experienced hand and wrist specialist
You can choose the consultant and hospital most convenient for you by simply entering the treatment into our ‘Consultant finder’.
With us, you can be sure you are getting the best available treatment. When you have any treatment in one of our units or hospitals, you will experience a number of benefits:
- Access to consultants who are experts in their field, working with the latest treatments and leading technologies in state-of-the-art facilities that smaller private hospitals cannot match.
- We are London’s leading private hospital group, treating 400,000 patients each year. This volume drives excellence and experience. We have invested £500 million in the last 10 years on the latest treatments, technologies and medication, many of which are not available on the NHS or via smaller private hospitals.
- You can be confident that we can take care of all your treatment needs. We are the only private hospital group to offer such an extensive range of treatments for patients of all ages.
- No waiting time. Your care will start as soon as you're ready.
- Your safety is protected. Some private hospitals don’t have any on-site critical care facilities in the event of an emergency. Our consultants have access to more critical care beds around the clock than any other private healthcare group in the UK. If you need urgent care you’ll receive it immediately – it’s very rare for us to transfer patients to another hospital. Our rates of MRSA are nearly five times lower than the national average. And we have zero recorded cases of some other common infections.
What to do next
Once you have decided that you would like to be treated at an HCA hospital, or would like further information, here's what to do next:
- Call one of our advisors on +44 (0) 20 7079 4399 or complete our web enquiry form.
- Check with your insurance company that your policy covers your treatment, and obtain authorisation.
- Visit or call your GP to obtain a referral letter and then call us to make an appointment to visit your chosen consultant and hospital at a time to suit you.
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