Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Knee Cyst Treatment

Treatment for a Baker's cyst may not be necessary, because most cysts resolve over several years without treatment. Usually, a Baker's cyst is caused by an injury to the knee joint or arthritis in the knee. Treatment is focused on treating the underlying cause. If the cyst is causing pain, treatment may include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy. Large cysts may be treated with corticosteroid injections or surgery.

Treatment for a Baker's cyst may include:

Knee Cyst Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of a Baker's cyst.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Knee Cyst Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a Baker's cyst:

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Last Updated: Mar 16, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Knee Cyst References
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  2. Van Rhijn LW, Jansen EJ, Pruijs HE. Long-term follow-up of conservatively treated popliteal cysts in children. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2000 Jan;9(1):62-4. [10647115]
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