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Bakers Cyst/Treatment in a teaching hospital?

Posted by
Patti on July 24, 2002 at 01:21:04:

Dear Dr. Stoll,

I am a 57 y/o female recently diagnosed with Bakers Cyst through Doppler and MRI. I was told by the orthepedic surgeon that surgery and repair of the tear in the synovial sac was the indicated procedure. I was also told that, alas, I had no insurance, therefore, "nothing could be done".
I live in the central Florida area and wonder if the procedure could be approved thru a teaching hospital, such as Shands, in the Gainsville Area, or another hospital in the southeast. I live an active life and this condition is rapidly undermining my morale and faith in the medical profession. I fully understand the cost of healthcare. I also understand the value of providing quality training to surgical residents in this obvious controversial condition. I would gratefully appriciate guidance and direction from you. Thank You in Advance; Sincerely Patricia.



Re: Bakers Cyst/Treatment in a teaching hospital? (VINDICATION?) Archive

Posted by Walt Stoll on July 25, 2002 at 07:45:43:

In Reply to: Bakers Cyst/Treatment in a teaching hospital? posted by Patti on July 24, 2002 at 01:21:04:

Thanks, Patti.

After I have harped on this need, for finding the rent and repairing it as the minimum for a surgical approach to a Baker's, for years, it is really refreshing to hear that at least one orthopedic surgeon is telling his patients exactly that.

One of the Achilles Heels of the allopathic monopoly is the 2 tiered level of medical care that has developed: one for the haves and one for the have-nots.

Actually, in a teaching hospital they are more likely to look for and actually repair the rent than a graduate is. Once out and no one is looking over his shoulder, many surgeons simply do not do the hardest part of the surgery (finding the rent) and still charge the full fee.

I would say go ahead.

Let us know how you do.

Walt



Re: Bakers Cyst/Treatment in a teaching hospital? (VINDICATION?) Archive

Posted by irish girl on August 08, 2002 at 14:21:38:

In Reply to: Re: Bakers Cyst/Treatment in a teaching hospital? (VINDICATION?) Archive posted by Walt Stoll on July 25, 2002 at 07:45:43:


My orthopedic doctor says a Bakers Cyst goes away when the repair is done on the torn menisus. Is that accurate? I would really like to repair the problem without the surgery .Ia that possible?



Re: Bakers Cyst/Treatment in a teaching hospital? (VINDICATION?) Archive

Posted by Walt Stoll on August 09, 2002 at 10:47:18:

In Reply to: Re: Bakers Cyst/Treatment in a teaching hospital? (VINDICATION?) Archive posted by irish girl on August 08, 2002 at 14:21:38:

Hi, Irish.

The only relationship between a torn meniscus and a Baker's is IF the tear happens to include the joint capsule (not uncommon) and THEN repair of the meniscus might also repair the rent.

Once the joint space no longer leaks the "cyst" may gradually be reabsorbed.

Hope this helps.

Walt

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