Surgery can remove the cyst and its connection to the joint. The wound can initially be tender, red and thick. It improves for a year. The joint may be stiff for a similar time period.1,2


  • Usually gets rid of the ganglion.


  • Trade a bump for a scar;
  • The ganglion can return;
  • Risk of infection;
  • Risk of wound problems;
  • Risk of drooping at the tip of the finger;
  • About a year of recovery time.


Results of surgery vary between studies but it is estimated that in around 95 of 100 patients the ganglion stays away.1,2

Population: 95%