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Baker's Cyst

What is a Baker’s cyst?

Baker’s cysts are benign cystic tumors found on the back of the knee joint. The cyst forms with an accumulation of fluid between the 2 groups of muscles behind the knee. This cyst may form from an injury or inflammation of the membrane lining of the knee joint.

How is a Baker’s cyst treated?

There is a possibility that the cyst will resolve and disappear on its own. It is not surgically removed unless it becomes painful, unsightly, or it presses on nerves or blood vessels.

In an operation to remove a Baker's cyst:

  • An incision is made over the cyst
  • The cyst is released from surrounding tissue and removed
  • The skin is closed with fine sutures that are removed in 2 weeks
  • This surgery is done as an outpatient and your child will return home the same day

Please feel free to ask your pediatric surgeon if you have any further questions.


The University of Texas Health Science Center Professional Building
6410 Fannin, Suite 370
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 486-5000

Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday-Friday except major holidays)

This information, although based on a thorough knowledge and careful review of current medical literature, is the opinion of doctors at The University of Texas Medical School and is presented to inform you about surgical conditions. It is not meant to contradict any information you may receive from your personal physician and should not be used to make decisions about surgical treatment. If you have any questions about the information above or your child's care, please contact our doctors.