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Baker’s Cyst

About Baker’s Cyst

Baker’s Cyst is a knee condition where there is a build-up of fluid at the back of the knee. The fluid in the cyst is normally there to lubricate the knee joint but it collects in the depression at the back of the knee because of a separate knee condition. We can treat Baker’s Cyst in Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Worksop.

Baker’s cysts may form following a sports-related knee injury or if you fall on land on your knees. But they are also associated with arthritis, gout or inflammation of the knee joint. Baker’s Cysts affects more women than men probably because women are more likely to develop osteoarthritis. Baker’s cysts are also known as popliteal cysts.

What are the symptoms of a Baker’s Cyst?

A build-up of fluid at the back of the knee is the main symptom of Baker’s cyst. This can cause a feeling of pressure at the back of the knee which can cause calf pain.  Some people may also experience pain in the knee or a clicking sound when moving their lower leg. Sometimes, the cyst can burst which results in the fluid leaking into your lower leg, a sharp pain, redness or swelling.

Baker’s cysts can sometimes go away on their own but usually don’t it. It may be worth seeing your GP to rule out more serious conditions, such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

What treatments are available for a Baker’s Cyst?

Small Baker’s cysts will often clear up on their own. But you should seek treatment if the cyst is causing you pain or problems walking.

Painkillers that help reduce inflammation, such as ibuprofen, can be taken. You can also try applying an ice pack (or a bag of frozen peas) to the back of your knee using a bandage to hold it in place. Cortisone steroid injections can also help with pain and inflammation.

Most surgeons do not treat cysts surgically and leave them alone. However if you do experience symptoms and have a large cyst this can be removed. The old fashioned way to try to remove them was through a large cut at the back the knee. This is often unsuccessful with a high chance the cyst can come back. Modern key hole surgery techniques allow the cyst to be drained from inside the knee through 3 small incisions. You may have been told by a surgeon its not worth removing, unfortunately that surgeon may not know about key hole surgery techniques to remove them. If your cyst is large and gives symptoms ask for a second opinion from someone who know how to treat them with key hole surgery.

If the cyst is caused by a different condition, such as a knee injury or osteoarthritis of the knee, treating the underlying condition may also help treat the Baker’s cyst. A proper diagnosis of your knee condition will be important for selecting the correct treatment. Book an appointment to treat Baker’s Cyst in Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster or Worksop. You can also follow us on social media.

 

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