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Posted by Raylene on December 11, 1999 at 09:55:40:

In Reply to: Bakers Cysts posted by Robert Lachmund on December 10, 1999 at 11:08:49:

: I have Osteoarthritis of my left knee and while
: I seem to have it under control I have developed
: a Bakers cyst on the underside of m knee and the
: doctor has tried cortisone shots however after 3
: shots it was apparent that this was not the answer. My Orthepedic doctor then drained the knee proper and gave me a shot of ,I assume of
: a corticosteroid, so far no help. He didn't drain
: the cyst itself and when I asked him why not he said it wouldn't do any good as it would just refill. He also doesn't want to surgeryly remove
: it.
: Has anyone had experiene in successly treating
: a Bakers Cyst? If so how.


Do not have surgery on the bakers cyst. I did because my orthopedic insisted that was the way to go and I ended up with a bacterial infection in my knee and had to be on intravenous therapy in my home for almost a month. The cyst will keep coming back on you when you have osteoarthritis of the knee. The only thing that I have found that helps somewhat is taking an arthritic drug such as Vioxx for the inflammation. Bakers cysts can sometimes go away on their own, but can recur at any time because of the inflammation. I hope this helps you.

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