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removal of Baker's cyst-is it risky or complicated?

Posted by
Tom on November 06, 2000 at 08:56:36:

Dr. Stoll: From everything I've seen so far regarding Baker's cyst there appears to be 2 schools of thought on how to treat them. A lot of doctors seem to think they are best left alone and others including yourself seem to beleive that the only way to truly deal with them is by their removal and suturing of the site. I'm going to see my doctor tomorrow regarding my persistent Baker's cyst and I wanted to ask you a question. Is the procedure for removing a Baker's cyst overly risky or complicated? I'm just trying to get a handle on why it seems a lot of doctors don't seem to advocate this procedure. I really would appreciate your opinion on this.
Sincerely,
Tom



Re: removal of Baker's cyst-is it risky or complicated? (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on November 08, 2000 at 07:41:52:

In Reply to: removal of Baker's cyst-is it risky or complicated? posted by Tom on November 06, 2000 at 08:56:36:

Hi, Tom.

The ones who do not recommend surgery are the ones who do not plan on locating and suturing the defect in the joint capsule that causes the leakage. Most of these recur so I can understand their reluctance and wishful thinking about it going away by itself. Just removing the cyst is less than half the job!

Basically, it is a very safe procedure since the joint needn't even be entered. The only problem is that they tend to occur right where the major nerves and arteries from the lower leg pass. These are easy to identify by an experiences surgeon and would not deter ME from having the procedure.

As with most chronic things, unless the reasons for the cyst are discovered and dealt with, what is to prevent another one from forming?

Hope this helps.

Walt



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