The remaining option for treatment is surgical excision of the cyst. Surgery includes an exploration of the surrounding tissues in order to remove the source of the cyst. This requires a deep surgical dissection to the adjacent joint or tendon. Surgery is performed as an outpatient. The success rate following surgery is much higher than aspiration. Ninety percent of individuals will experience relief in their symptoms with no recurrence of the cyst. Even with complete excision of the cyst, approximately five to ten percent of individuals will experience a recurrence within several years of surgery. In addition, there are are risks associated with surgery such as infection and neurovascular damage. Surgery leaves a scar which can be cosmetically noticeable. Surgery can also result in joint stiffness which may take several weeks to resolve. These risks are extremely low and can be discussed in detail with your physician.
Stenosis / Cyst - ….. If you recall, I had symptoms very similar to yours and was looking for any kind of relief. My back pain and sciatica seemed to get worse and worse each day until I was at my wits end. Just days before I was to go in for major back surgery, I found this site online. I had discovered that my stenosis was caused by a cyst, and was searching around on the web for a cure. I ordered the Red Desert calcium montmorillonite clay that day. In 4 to 5 weeks my sciatica was completely gone. I have since resumed all physical activities including weight lifting, walking, swimming, yoga, and palates. Barry H. - California