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Can a popliteal (baker's cyst) be easily removed from the back of the knee?

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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Yes

There are a number of important structures behind the knee, including major nerves, arteries, and veins, and these are at risk with baker's cyst surgery.
The back of the knee is sensitive to the touch normally and after any surgery in this area it can become hypersensitive, but this is usually temporary. Treatment is usually nonoperative. Some cysts come back after surgery.

In brief: Yes

There are a number of important structures behind the knee, including major nerves, arteries, and veins, and these are at risk with baker's cyst surgery.
The back of the knee is sensitive to the touch normally and after any surgery in this area it can become hypersensitive, but this is usually temporary. Treatment is usually nonoperative. Some cysts come back after surgery.
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