What do I need to know about this procedure?

This procedure is the surgical removal of a ganglion or bursa type cyst/s.


This procedure will require an anaesthetic.

What are the risks of this specific procedure?

There are risks and complications with this procedure.
They include but are not limited to the following:

General risks:

  • Infection can occur, requiring antibiotics and further treatment.
  • Bleeding could occur and may require a return to the operating room. Bleeding is more common if you have been taking blood thinning drugs such as Warfarin, Asprin, Clopidogrel (Plavix or Iscover) or Dipyridamole (Persantin or Asasantin).
  • Small areas of the lung can collapse, increasing the risk of chest infection. This may need antibiotics and physiotherapy.
  • Increased risk in obese people of wound infection, chest infection, heart and lung complications, and thrombosis.
  • Heart attack or stroke could occur due to the strain on the heart.
  • Blood clot in the leg (DVT) causing pain and swelling. In rare cases, part of the clot may break off and go to the lungs.
  • Death as a result of this procedure is possible.

Specific risks:

  • The cyst may recur if the ganglion is deep other tissues may need to be cut or removed. This may cause permanent harm.
  • Fluid may build up under the wound and this may discharge through the suture line.
  • The sutures may cut into the edges of the wound and cause cross-hatching.
  • The edges of the wound may not be in perfect alignment and may overlap. The body soon corrects this.
  • The wound may heal with a thick scar which may be discolored and painful.
  • The wound may heal and then stretch as time goes on.