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Posted by Karen on March 08, 2002 at 06:37:08:

I have had a bakers cyst for 3 years and am very upset by the attitude of the specialst at my hospital. I am only 33 and find it difficult at times to walk around a park for a long time with my children, i have seen a specialist who said oh its only a bakers cyst dont worry about it rest the knee and dont exercise, what is that all about. I love going to the gym and walking with my children, i dont expect to become a hermit at the age of 33. He said that surgery isnt really appropriate as it could return within 3 years, i dont mind having another op in 3 years if my quality of life improves for that amount of time, can i insit on a removal, and is there any other form of treatment? Please help



Re: Baker's Cysts (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 09, 2002 at 09:11:31:

In Reply to: Bakers Cysts posted by Karen on March 08, 2002 at 06:37:08:

Hi, Karen.

IF you deal with the causes (bracing and the other causes of knee arthritis) the Baker's will NOT recur IF the surgeon knows enough to find the tear in the capsule and repair it rather than just remove the "cyst".

This is not a true cyst! It is an accumulation of fluid that has (and continues to) escaped from the knee joint. IF the surgeon just located the tear and repaired it, the "cyst" would disappear all by itself!!!!!!!!!

See the archives about bracing, about arthritis and about Baker's. Then choose the surgeon who fully understands the problem to have the surgery. See the glossary for any unfamiliar terms.

Let us know how you do and what you learn.

Walt

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Re: Bakers Cysts options?

Posted by coletta on March 13, 2002 at 20:05:18:

In Reply to: Bakers Cysts posted by Karen on March 08, 2002 at 06:37:08:

i am 72 WAS a very active senior for the pastt 3 months i developped a Baker cyste. My ortho Md first gave me Celebrex, then now TRILISATE 500 3 times a day 2 tablets. also he wants to give me 3 injection of Sodium Hyaluronate , saying it us 65% succesful. I have some pains in the lft knee and now in the right knee, I had a MRI and X rays. I am leaving for Europe for 5 weeks to visit, will be doing lots of walking. Should i go ahead with those 3 Sodium Yaluronate shots?



Re: Bakers Cysts options?

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 14, 2002 at 12:24:29:

In Reply to: Re: Bakers Cysts options? posted by coletta on March 13, 2002 at 20:05:18:

Hi, Coletta.

Are you overweight?

I would say that your European trip is going to be a problem for you. Perhaps if you took a cane or a walker........

I have not heard of such great benefits from Hyaluronidase injections for a Baker's. I would insist upon his showing you the statistics and the research.

If you can be convinced that you have a 65% chance of improvement--and no chance of being made worse--I would go for it.

Let us know how you do.

Walt

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