What is the prognosis following excision of cystic lesions of the knees?

Updated: Dec 29, 2018
  • Author: David M Gonzalez, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
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The treatment objective is to relieve pain and to improve functionality of the extremity by addressing the knee cyst. The best results are obtained if the cyst is properly evaluated, diagnosed, and treated. However, even in the best of hands, recurrence is possible. Baker cysts are notorious for developing synovial fistulae and for becoming infected.

Treating the underlying cause of the knee cyst is key, and appropriate arthroscopic treatment of meniscal tears, articular cartilage injuries, and cruciate ligament tears can also favorably affect results.


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