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Mucous Cyst Surgery

Also known as: mucous cyst removal surgery, mucous cyst excision surgery

Mucous cysts on the fingers are usually small and painless, and most people never even know they have them. But sometimes, they can grow large and become quite irritating. If you have a mucous cyst on your finger, you may find that it swells up and becomes red and irritated. It may also get difficult to move your finger because of the size of the cyst.


How much does Mucous Cyst Surgery cost?

Surgical Time

30 mins


From £3500

Day Case



Local anaesthetic

Time off work

2 week

Time before showering

10 days


Why Choose Kliniken for Mucous Cyst Surgery

Discuss your needs

Discuss your needs

Generous hour long consultations to discuss your needs

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Innovative approach

Innovative approach

Natural and innovative approach to treatments

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Helps you rest and recuperate

Helps you rest and recuperate

Country side and clean air helps you rest and recuperate

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Same clinician

Same clinician

Same clinician assigned to your from start to finish of the process

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Attentive care

Attentive care

Personalised and attentive care throughout the surgery

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Privacy and Discretion

Privacy and Discretion

Privacy and discretion of our clients is paramount

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Our UK trained and qualified surgeons are here to help

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to our frequently asked questions

Patients can typically have Mucous Cyst Surgery performed and go home the same day.

Patients have the procedure under local anaesthetic.  

An incision is made near or directly above the swelling.

This allows for the cyst capsule to be tracked to the joint, where they arise from and freed.

The skin is closed with non-dissolving stitches and the hand dressed to protect the wound, but free enough to use when absolutely needed.

Middle aged to older patients with swellings (ganglion in the hand, mucous cyst in the fingers), typically the back of the joint at the tip of the finger nearest the nail. 

There may be associated discomfort with it but typically, there are no problems with the finger despite the swelling. 

This discomfort can be linked to early arthritis more than the swelling itself. Some patients may get nerve pain if the swellings are directly under a nerve.

When patients come into the clinic, our UK-trained plastic surgeon makes a full assessment of the patient.

This includes any relevant history, including reasons for surgery and a thorough examination including both hands.  

Part of this process is explaining to the patients what can be done, why, and what to expect, based on each patients’ anatomy and suitability for surgery.

The swelling will have been removed as a result of surgery, so the area will be flatter than before.  

However, there will be a degree of swelling due to the operating and the local anaesthetic injection which will settle.  

Immediately after surgery, each patient is seen by the senior physiotherapist who specialises in hand surgery patients, where they are given advice for what to look out for, what to expect and what can be done including exercise to help with rehabilitation.  

Patients can contact their team if they have any questions.

Patients are seen 10 days after surgery when the wounds are checked and stitches removed when the same physiotherapist will go through the exercises to help with rehabilitation after surgery.



Some patients may have been used treatments including needle aspiration, where the fluid is drawn out or steroids injections. 

Alternatives include using a needle with ultrasound guidance to create multiple holes to allow the fluid to leak out of the capsule. 

However, these methods tend to have quite a high recurrence rate, meaning the swelling can come back


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