Swellings or lumps in the hand are almost always benign. They may represent cysts, fatty lumps (lipomata), bony swellings (osteophytes) or overgrowth of the cells lining the joints (synovitis), nerves (neuroma) or tendon sheaths. In very rare cases these lumps can be cancerous and if doubt exists or the swellings cause concern, pain or restriction of movement they can be removed surgically.
Following clinical assessment, further investigation by means of X-ray, ultrasound or MRI may be required to assist in diagnosis and planning of treatment. Removal of such lesions should be carried out by specialist hand surgeons such as Mr Thornton in order to safely remove the whole lump whilst protecting the adjacent structures and locating scars in the most cosmetically and functionally acceptable location.