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I have been diagnosed with a cyst on my lower lumbar/thoracic spine. Its hitting nerves in my lower back. Do I need to worry about getting surgery?
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Dr. Mark Eisenberg
Neurosurgery
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In brief: Maybe
There are different kinds of "cysts" but the most common "cyst" in the lumbar spine that causes is a pinched nerve is a synovial cyst.
This is and inflammatory cyst that causes symptoms of a pinched nerve. Surgery is sometimes indicated for large, painful cysts that are unresponsive to nonsurgical treatments like pt and injections.

In brief: Maybe
There are different kinds of "cysts" but the most common "cyst" in the lumbar spine that causes is a pinched nerve is a synovial cyst.
This is and inflammatory cyst that causes symptoms of a pinched nerve. Surgery is sometimes indicated for large, painful cysts that are unresponsive to nonsurgical treatments like pt and injections.
Dr. Mark Eisenberg
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Dr. Mark Eisenberg
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
If you are referring to a synovial cyst then surgery can very often relieve your pain.
A synovial cyst is an inflammatory cyst originating from the lining of the one of the joints that makes up the spinal column. They can compress a nerve and cause pain consistent with a pinched nerve.

In brief: Depends
If you are referring to a synovial cyst then surgery can very often relieve your pain.
A synovial cyst is an inflammatory cyst originating from the lining of the one of the joints that makes up the spinal column. They can compress a nerve and cause pain consistent with a pinched nerve.
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: If tarlov cyst
Tarlov cyst do not cause symptoms there removal is fraught with complications a tarlov cyst is just a MRI finding ther is no treayment that produces a better outcome best left alone in my opinion.

In brief: If tarlov cyst
Tarlov cyst do not cause symptoms there removal is fraught with complications a tarlov cyst is just a MRI finding ther is no treayment that produces a better outcome best left alone in my opinion.
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