Hand & Wrist


Ganglions are benign fluid filled cysts commonly found in or around the hands or wrists. These cysts are benign and many appear, disappear and change in size. Although some ganglions may be problematic by causing pain, interfere with function or have an unacceptable appearance.

About Ganglions

It is generally unknown the cause or triggers in the formation of a ganglion cyst.

Signs & Symptoms

Most ganglion cysts form a visible lump, however some can remain hidden. Some people may experience pain and occasionally neurological symptoms. Ganglion cysts may be generally diagnosed by clinical and ultrasound assessment. However, a MRI may be required also.

Treatment Options

Risks & Concerns

Risks of ganglion removal surgery

The associated risks of surgery include;

  • Infection
  • Scar
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Need for further surgery
  • Failure to relieve symptoms
  • Worsening pain
  • Bleeding
  • Neurovascular deficit or injury
  • Risk of anaesthetic
  • Recurrence

Concerns or Problems

If you experience any problems or have any concerns following your surgical removal of a ganglion, please contact us. We will ensure that Mr. Lawson-Smith is kept informed of what is occurring and will advise you the best course of action.

If you are unable to reach our office, please contact your GP or if it is an emergency, please present to your nearest Emergency Department.

Make an appointment

Call 08 6332 6325 or contact us to book an appointment.
You’ll need a referral from your GP.


Mr Matthew Lawson-Smith

A fully qualified, internationally and  locally trained upper limb surgeon, specialising in hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder surgery. Mr. Lawson-Smith has a special interest in hand and wrist conditions, including trauma and Workers Compensation cases.

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