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How do doctors treat Baker's cysts?

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  • If at-home treatments don’t work, see your doctor. He may recommend one of the following: Steroids. These can help reduce inflammation.
  • Aspiration. Your doctor can drain the cyst. He’ll likely do it with the aid of an ultrasound. This treatment may not work if your case is severe.
  • Surgery. If you’re in serious pain, or if the cyst makes it hard for you to move your knee, this might be an option. That said, it’ll only work if your doctor also treats the issue that caused the Baker’s cyst to begin with, such as arthritis.

If your leg turns red or starts to swell, see your doctor right away. This could mean your Baker’s cyst has ruptured.

From: Baker’s Cyst (Popliteal Cyst) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Baker’s Cyst.”

John Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Baker’s Cysts and Fullness in the Back of the Knee.”

Gov.UK: “Baker’s Cyst.”

Harvard Medical School: “Ask the Doctor: How Do You Treat a Baker’s Cyst?”

Orthopedics : “Popliteal Cysts: A Current Review.”

Saint Luke’s Health System: “Baker’s Cyst.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 8, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Baker’s Cyst.”

John Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Baker’s Cysts and Fullness in the Back of the Knee.”

Gov.UK: “Baker’s Cyst.”

Harvard Medical School: “Ask the Doctor: How Do You Treat a Baker’s Cyst?”

Orthopedics : “Popliteal Cysts: A Current Review.”

Saint Luke’s Health System: “Baker’s Cyst.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 8, 2019

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