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Politeal Cyst Arthroscopic Excision

A popliteal cyst, also known as a Baker's cyst, is a fluid-filled swelling that appears behind the knee joint, often resulting from underlying conditions such as arthritis or a meniscal tear. The cyst can cause discomfort, swelling, and limited movement of the knee. When conservative treatments like rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE), and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) do not alleviate symptoms, or if the cyst is large and causes significant discomfort, surgical intervention may be considered. Arthroscopic excision of a popliteal cyst is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to remove the cyst. This procedure is typically performed under general or regional anesthesia. During the surgery, the surgeon makes small incisions around the knee to insert an arthroscope (a small camera) and specialized instruments. The arthroscope provides a clear view inside the knee, allowing the surgeon to carefully excise the cyst and address any underlying intra-articular pathology, such as meniscal tears or cartilage damage, which could be contributing to the formation of the cyst.

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A popliteal cyst, also known as a Baker's cyst, is a fluid-filled swelling that appears behind the knee joint, often resulting from underlying conditions such as arthritis or a meniscal tear. The cyst can cause discomfort, swelling, and limited movement of the knee. When conservative treatments like rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE), and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) do not alleviate symptoms, or if the cyst is large and causes significant discomfort, surgical intervention may be considered. Arthroscopic excision of a popliteal cyst is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to remove the cyst. This procedure is typically performed under general or regional anesthesia. During the surgery, the surgeon makes small incisions around the knee to insert an arthroscope (a small camera) and specialized instruments. The arthroscope provides a clear view inside the knee, allowing the surgeon to carefully excise the cyst and address any underlying intra-articular pathology, such as meniscal tears or cartilage damage, which could be contributing to the formation of the cyst.