Post-op care & Advice

Advice Following Excision of Ganglion

How do I care for my wound?

Following surgery you will need to keep your dressing dry and intact.  The dressing stays in place until you have the stitches removed in 10 days time.

Can I have a shower or bath?

You can shower or bath but you must cover the dressings with a plastic bag or cling film.

When do the stitches come out?

The stitches are removed after 10 to 12 days.

with your own Practice Nurse or with the Camborne & Redruth Hospital if you live in that area. (See details below):

Tel: 01209 318070 or 01209 318069 8am – 5pm Mon-Fri.

The hours of the clinic are:    8.45am – 1.30pm Mon – Fri

9am – 11.30am Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays)

How long do I wear the sling for?

Wear the sling for 48 to 72 hours.  This helps to reduce any swelling to the fingers.  If it is comfortable then wear the sling at night, if not elevate the hand on pillows next to you with your hand higher than your elbow.

What if the ganglion has been removed from my foot?

Keep your foot elevated, for instance up on a stool or cushions on the sofa, for at least 48 hours. Wear comfortable loose shoes when necessary.

What exercises should I do?

Bend and stretch your fingers almost immediately after your operation.  The wrist will be restricted by dressings until they are removed and the stitches taken out.  For ganglions removed from the foot, move the ankle around in a circular motion and bend and stretch the toes.

Do I need to take pain killers?

If you have any pain or discomfort, take some pain killers such as Paracetamol, or Ibuprofen, providing you are not allergic to them.  Please don’t take Aspirin or any medication containing Aspirin, e.g. Dispirin, as these can cause bleeding.

What should I do if the wound starts to bleed?

Press firmly on the wound with a clean dressing or handkerchief.  If the bleeding doesn’t stop, contact us immediately or if out of hours, contact NHS 111 for advice.

What does it mean if the wound is red, painful and is discharging?

The wound is probably infected.  Please contact us immediately or if it’s out of hours, contact NHS 111.

When can I return to work?

You can return to work in 2 to 3 weeks time.  Check with your surgeon if you have any queries.

Please contact us in the first instance, rather than your own surgery, on 01726 885104 if you have any queries or problems. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday 08:30am – 16:30pm only.

If outside of these hours, then please contact NHS 111 on 111. Please note that NHS 111 may refer you on elsewhere if necessary.


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