The following references contain some good information about Baker's
cysts and their removal.
About Baker's Cyst
Removal of Baker's cyst, a benign cystic tumor on the back of the knee
joint. The cyst consists of accumulated fluid that protrudes between
two groups of muscles behind the knee. Baker's cyst may result from
injury or from diseases, such as arthritis, gout or inflammation of
the membrane lining the knee joint.
BODY PARTS INVOLVED--Space behind the knee joint on either or both
sides of the knee.
REASONS FOR SURGERY--If the cyst has resulted from disease, it usually
disappears after successful treatment of the underlying disease.
Otherwise, the cyst is removed when it becomes painful or unsightly.
In children, the cyst is usually left to heal by itself, and is not
removed unless it presses on nerves or blood vessels.
SURGICAL RISK INCREASES WITH
Recent or chronic illness.
Baker Cyst Removal and Treatment
Forms of Treatment for Baker?s Cysts
"Once the individual has been diagnosed with the Baker?s cyst medical
condition, the next question on that individual?s mind most likely
will be with regard to curing the problem. With regard to treatment,
it is important that the patient knows that Baker?s cysts most often
go away on their own and need no medical intervention in order to do
so. However, there are certain cases where medical intervention is
necessary in order to rid the individual of the Baker?s cyst once and
for all. Some things which may call for medical intervention in the
way of surgical procedures include increasing swelling, serious pain
and possible rupture of the Baker?s cyst. If any of these conditions
are a factor, the doctor may attempt to drain the cyst."
"The draining procedure, known as aspiration, is where the doctor will
use a needle to insert into the cyst and pull out fluid from the mass.
The main problem with this type of procedure is that the cyst often
recurs sometime thereafter. In this case, surgical options may be more
appropriate. Should the individual need to permanently get rid of the
cyst and/or have another concomitant medical condition taken care of
along with the Baker?s cyst, an arthroscopic procedure might be
necessary, especially if the cyst is quite large and causes the
individual a great deal of pain."
Recovery and Aftermath of a Baker?s Cyst Removal Procedure:
"When an individual undergoes treatment for any sort of medical
condition, side effects may be a factor. With regard to treatment of a
Baker?s cyst, some side effects which may result include infection,
stiffness and/or nerve injury to the area where the Baker?s cyst was
treated. Depending upon what type of treatment procedure was
performed, recovery time will vary. For example, an individual who has
undergone aspiration will be up and about much faster than one who has
had an arthroscopic procedure performed. The length of recovery time
depends on a number of factors including age, intensity of treatment
procedure, and any complications which may have resulted."
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Removal of Baker's cyst