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How serious is taking out a synovial cyst that is close to the spine?

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Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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Synovial cysts are treated by mainly 3 methods.
Observation along with activity modification for minimal complaints. Cyst injections; either directely thru the facet joint with drainage & steroid injection or by epidural steroid. The latter does not decrease the cyst size but eliminate inflammation. The 3rd is either a decompression with foraminotomy or with fusion if instability is present.

In brief: See spine surgeon

Synovial cysts are treated by mainly 3 methods.
Observation along with activity modification for minimal complaints. Cyst injections; either directely thru the facet joint with drainage & steroid injection or by epidural steroid. The latter does not decrease the cyst size but eliminate inflammation. The 3rd is either a decompression with foraminotomy or with fusion if instability is present.
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