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Synovial Cyst?

Today I was diagnosed with a left-sided synovial cyst. I've been referred to a Surgeon (appointment not until October 2nd). Has anyone had a synovial cyst and if so, what method of treatment were you administered? Since I've been referred to a Surgeon for a consultation, I believe that surgery is in the future for me. Has anyone had surgery for a synovial cyst? If so, can you describe to me what I can and should expect?

Thanking you all in advance and I apologize if my question totally doesn't even make sense, but I'm scared of surgery, especially on my back because I'm afraid of never walking again.

Interesting. Synovial fluid is the fluid that lubricates your joints. Im guessing it is similar to a "cyst" that happens in the casing of the joints e.g. your spine in this case. Sometimes the membrane that contains the fluid gets pinched, forming a "cyst". They are seen inthe backs of knees quite often and are very painful. A simple surgery to repair. Talk to your surgeon and write down questions and be sure you understand EXACTLY what it is you have.  (+ info)

I am trying to find out if synovial cyst with scoliosis has any possibility for disability?

It would depend on how disabled you were. You've not said what your curve measures and whether the scoliosis and the cyst are causing pain. Also, how treatable are these things?  (+ info)

How I can get information about synovial cyst?

Click the link below and you will find all you need to know about synovial cysts.  (+ info)

what is the difference between a ganglion cyst and a synovial cyst?

they are different fluids a synovial cyst consists of the main fluid in joints which is a lubricant however a ganglion cyst is a build up of different fluids  (+ info)

Can a synovial cyst be caused by a car accident?

A Synovial Cyst cannot be caused by a car accident. A synovial cyst is a fluid-filled sac that develops as a result of degeneration in the spine. Degeneration of the spine takes time.

For patients with degenerative spinal conditions, one cause of their back pain may be synovial cysts. Synovial cysts are benign, fluid-filled sacs that develop in the facet joints of the lumbar spine as a result of degeneration. If large enough, these sacs can cause spinal stenosis - a narrowing of the spinal canal that places pressure on spinal nerves and causes pain.

What causes synovial cysts?
The synovium is a thin film of tissue that produces fluid to help lubricate the joints. When facet joints in the lumbar spine begin to degenerate, this fluid may build up in an attempt to protect the joint. In some patients, small amounts of the fluid escape from the joint capsule but remain within the synovium, creating a sac-like protrusion. These cysts are not under tremendous pressure and, even if quite large, rarely cause neurological problems or cauda equina (loss of bowel or bladder function).

Many older patients have synovial cysts in their lumbar spines but have no symptoms. Occasionally, however these cysts can cause pain in the lower back that travels down the legs. The pain is relieved when sitting as this position widens the spinal canal and relieves pressure on the nerves.

How are synovial cysts diagnosed?
A synovial cyst can be seen on a MRI. X-rays should also be done to determine the extent of the degeneration of the facet joints and to assess any other spinal conditions that can cause instability such as spondylolisthesis (when one vertebra slips forward onto another).

How are these cysts treated?
If the cysts are not causing any symptoms, no treatment except observation is needed. If the patient is experiencing mild discomfort, it may be advisable to simply restrict those activities that are the most uncomfortable. Pain relief medications, injections, and other conservative pain relief options such as physical therapy or chiropractic may also be helpful in relieving pain. However, if the patient's pain is severe, chronic, and interferes with their daily living activities, surgery may be necessary.

Microdecompression techniques may be used to treat synovial cysts. These procedures can be done using minimally invasive techniques and have a relatively short recovery time. However, there is the possibility that the cysts can re-form. Another option is to remove the cyst and fuse the joint in order to assure the cysts will not return. This is a more invasive procedure with a longer recovery time. Since every patient is different, a consultation with an experienced spine specialist is essential.  (+ info)

synovial cyst surgery?

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Hi guys. I'm having back surgery in a few days. Theyre taking out a synovial cyst that is close to my spine..?

And ive been seeing this guy and its gotten pretty serious but my doctor said i need to be on bed rest for a couple of months at least because its a pretty invasive surgery. I can move around but i cannot work and i cant go out that much. The guy im seeing is getting so upset with me because of it because he thinks im being extremely dramatic and hes never heard anything like this before. But my doctor explained its my back and it takes a long time to heal. Am i wrong? Has anybody heard of someone being on bed rest for a couple of months after back surgery? I dont want him to be upset with me, im trying to imagine being in his shoes but its hard for me too. Thanks : )

Your guy needs to try being in your shoes. Back surgery is serious business and you had better take your doctors advice. If your bf doesnt understand tht then you dont need him anyway. What if you do what your boyfriend says and then wind up paralyzed for the rest of your life. Do you think he will be there for you then? Dont mean to be harsh but think about it.  (+ info)

How do oil massages help the movement of synovial fluids?

Synovial fluid: The slippery fluid that lubricates joints and provides nutrients to the cartilage. Also known as the synovia.

I am sure that they don't. Synovial fluid is a bit like 3 in 1 oil, it acts as a lubricant between the layers of the synovium. It doesn't move as such, but has a cushioning effect.  (+ info)

How can i make my joints stop popping? Is there a way to help production of synovial fluid?

I've been reading that synovial fluid is the fluid that "greases" the joints. But all my joints are popping like there isn't enough "grease". If u exercise joints will it produce more fluids? Is there supplements to help such as omega 3? thanks


Anyone know much about synovial sarcoma and whether it is a serious cancer?

what are the chance of a sarcoma coming back because i have been given the all clear after bieng diognosed over a year ago with synovial sarcoma to the neck.... grade 2.

What is synovial sarcoma?
Synovial sarcoma is a type of soft tissue sarcoma. Soft tissue sarcomas are cancers of the muscle, fat, fibrous tissue, blood vessels, or other supporting tissue of the body, including synovial tissue. Synovial tissue lines the cavities of joints, such as the knee or elbow, tendons (tissues that connect muscle to bone), and bursae (fluid-filled, cushioning sacs in the spaces between tendons, ligaments, and bones). Although synovial sarcoma does not have a clearly defined cause, genetic factors are believed to influence the development of this disease.

How often does synovial sarcoma occur?
Synovial sarcoma is rare. It accounts for between 5 and 10 percent of the approximately 10,000 new soft tissue sarcomas reported each year (1). Synovial sarcoma occurs mostly in young adults, with a median age of 26.5 (1). Approximately 30 percent of patients with synovial sarcoma are younger than 20. This disease occurs more often in men than in women (1).

Where does synovial sarcoma develop?
About 50 percent of synovial sarcomas develop in the legs, especially the knees. The second most common location is the arms (2). Less frequently, the disease develops in the trunk, head and neck region, or the abdomen (1, 2). It is common for synovial cancer to recur (come back), usually within the first two years after treatment. Half of the cases of synovial sarcoma metastasize (spread to other areas of the body) to the lungs, lymph nodes, or bone marrow (1).

What are the symptoms of synovial sarcoma?
Synovial sarcoma is a slow-growing tumor. Because it grows slowly, a person may not have or notice symptoms for some time, resulting in a delay in diagnosis. The most common symptoms of synovial sarcoma are swelling or a mass that may be tender or painful (1). The tumor may limit range of motion or press against nerves and cause numbness. The symptoms of synovial sarcoma can be mistaken for those of inflammation of the joints, the bursae, or synovial tissue. These noncancerous conditions are called arthritis, bursitis, and synovitis, respectively.

How is synovial sarcoma diagnosed?
The doctor may use the following procedures and tests to diagnose synovial sarcoma:

Biopsy: Tissue is removed for examination under a microscope.

Immunohistochemical analysis: Tumor tissue is tested for certain antigen and antibody interactions common to synovial sarcoma.

Ultrastructural findings: The tissue is examined using an ultramicroscope and electron microscope.

Genetic testing: Tissue is tested for a specific chromosome abnormality common to synovial sarcoma.

How is synovial sarcoma treated?
The type of treatment depends on the age of the patient, the location of the tumor, its size, its grade (how abnormal the cancer cells look under a microscope and how likely the tumor will quickly grow and spread), and the extent of the disease. The most common treatment is surgery to remove the entire tumor with negative margins (no cancer cells are found at the edge or border of the tissue removed during surgery). If the first surgery does not obtain negative tissue margins, a second surgery may be needed.

The patient may also receive radiation therapy before or after surgery to control the tumor or decrease the chance of recurrence (cancer coming back). The use of intraoperative radiation therapy (radiation aimed directly at the tumor during surgery) and brachytherapy (radioactive material sealed in needles, wires, seeds, or catheters, and placed directly into or near a tumor) are under study.

Patients may also receive chemotherapy alone or in combination with radiation therapy  (+ info)

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