Ganglion cysts are “balloon-shaped” out-pouchings arising from joints or tendon sheaths of the hand, filled with a clear, thick, gelatinous material, known as synovial fluid. They may cause pain, limit range of motion or be complicated by infection. They are frequently associated with arthritis or “bone spur” formation. Surgical removal of ganglion cysts and any associated causative “bone spurs” results in symptomatic relief while minimizing their chance of recurrence. These Procedures are most appropriately performed in a State Licensed, Nationally Accredited Ambulatory Surgery Center (see ‘about Keystone Surgery Center’)
Since hand surgery is performed primarily to correct physical abnormalities and maintain or restore function, it is considered ‘reconstructive’ in nature and therefore as a ‘covered’ procedure by most health insurance plans. This can be verified by checking your policy or contacting your health insurance carrier.
When considering hand surgery, be sure to select a qualified experienced physician skilled in the diagnosis and management of disorder of the hand. As a board certified plastic surgeon with over 15 years of hand surgery clinical practice experience and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Dr. Robert Kimmel welcomes the opportunity to provide optimal care to patients with disorder of the hand.