Back in August, I introduced you all to Sublight, Junior, who was busily sprouting his way out of the back of my right knee. The Doc diagnosed Junior as a Baker’s Cyst and told me that as long as I wasn’t in pain or having trouble walking, there wasn’t any danger.
Fast forward six months to February. Junior has grown up big and strong, and is now the size of two tangerines placed side by side. He’s not causing his daddy any pain, but he is getting a bit big for me to be carrying him around all the time, and, much as I hate to say this, he is one ugly-ass kid (sometimes I wonder if I’m really the father). He’s also freaking out my wife, who keeps making dire predictions that I’m going to have to have my leg cut off. I went to my doctor again to see if maybe it wasn’t time to cut the cord, so to speak, and send Junior out into the world on his own.
The doctor, after commenting “you’ve got the biggest one I’ve ever seen,” asked me to show him my cyst. (wait, reverse that) I had an MRI done, after which he told me that surgery isn’t usually done on Baker’s cysts and wasn’t necessary if it wasn’t giving me trouble walking. He then told me that most likely “it will either go away by itself or rupture, so there’s no danger.” That last part caught me by surprise, so I asked him specifically “It’s not dangerous if it ruptures?”, to which he said no.
So, my question to the Doctor Dopers out there: Is this true? Is it actually safe for my Baker’s cyst to rupture? This site implies that it’s ok, but other sites have given me doubts.
Also, if a rupture isn’t dangerous, should I try to induce one myself? How? In my August thread, Mauvaise mentioned doing that (to his Mom) and having it work (for a while), but if there’s one thing I’ve learned from reading the “What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever done to yourself” threads, its that just because someone’s tried something and lived doesn’t mean it’s the most intelligent thing to do.