What are the possible complications of surgery to excise cystic lesions of the knee?

Updated: Dec 29, 2018
  • Author: David M Gonzalez, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
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Postoperative complications from knee-cyst excision include infection, nerve or blood vessel damage from the operative dissection, hematoma formation, and recurrence of the cyst. If the inciting cause of the cyst is not addressed, the pain may remain after excision despite removal of the cyst. Meniscal cysts may recur after simple excision of the cyst because the meniscal tear was not addressed.


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