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Synovial cyst removal and micro-decommpression

rdlaubrrdlaub Posts: 11
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:55 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I am new to this forum and also posted similar post in new member sections. Apologies if this is considered a duplication in this forum.

I am exactly 3 weeks out from surgery to remove a synovial cyst at L5, S1 including micro-decompression and foraminotomy.

I had spent the past 3 1/2 years with pain in the right side of my lower back radiating through the butt and down the leg. MRIs showed slight disk herniation and stenois. I spent the next 3 years going through physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, anti-inflammatories, John Sarno TMS practice etc. all to no avail.

Last December, I went to a neurologist who had another MRI taken which now showed the synovial cyst pressing on a nerve root. After 2 unsuccessful cyst aspiration attempts, I opted for this surgery.

Other than surgical pain, I felt relatively ok after the surgery, however, over the course of the last week I believe I am feeling the same pain on my right side that I specifically had the surgery to relieve. I am quite depressed and discouraged by this. I am taking Naproxen for pain because without the Naproxen the pain is too strong. I of course hoped to be off the pain med.

I appreciate any help or guidance. Thank you.


  • Hi rdlaub. When was this surgery how long ago? Oops ok sorry i see 3 weeks. Well give it some more time as they always say to give the nerve that was agrivated time to heal. You might get lucky and it will heal in time. If it was slightly damaged it can take up to 18 months for nerve to heal and regenerate. Or longer. Depends which dr you ask they all say something diferent but i think 18 months is standard if its damaged. If its just pissed off then it will calm down in time.

    Good luck and try diferent meds and give it another month see if it slightly improves.
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • Thanks for you reply. I just wish I knew whether this will eventually cure the problem or not. I'm also concerned with taking Naprosyn for an extended period, but it does help.
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  • Hi, I also had a synovial cyst removed with my recent fusion. Postoperative swelling can mimic the original pain up to 6 weeks out I believe. I have also had some passing issues with muscles and ligaments straining after the surgery.

    My surgeon put me on omeprazole for the NSAID gastric side effects.
  • Thanks Emily. How long did it take you to start feeling better or are you still recovering?
  • I felt some relief almost immediately, but a lot by 6 weeks out. My movement was very restricted by my surgeon for the first two weeks and I was in a hard brace too. Now, at 12 weeks, I'd say I am at about 80% of where I would like to be.

    This is my second bout though. And given my first experience and this last one, I'm pretty certain that for me my symptoms and pain at 6 weeks gave a good indication of where I would end up. In the first round (that ultimately wholly failed) I was not in a good place at 6 weeks at all.
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  • Thanks Emily. I appreciate the information.
  • I've had 4 back Surgery's, two were for a Cyst on L3 and the last one was 2 weeks ago on L5, for Synovial cyst. The pain was pressing on the Sciatic nerve, the pain was OMG! I had the surgury in dallas and i think the Doctor make a big differnce on how fast you recover, great,fair,good you know.
    I had Disc surgury in July 2011 and the pain afterwards was still alittle there, not bad, so i thought it was a healing process, but it kept getting worst, so another MRI done in Dec 2011 and low a behold another Cyst, they grow really fast. You may have another cyst but smaller so the pain is not so bad yet.
  • Hi,

    I never really got full relief from the surgery. It is now 6 months later and I am still in pain. I have not even contacted the surgeon or a doctor because I am so frustrated. I feel like I have tried every possible treatment to overcome this.
  • Last summer the pain started bi-lateral Sciatic, the pain is non stop, The back of both on my legs and my back side feels like I am sitting on a griddle on high heat,, in Sept They did the deep Spine epidural shots ( series of 2 ) to my dismay no relief at all, they said I had a double herniated disk L5, once the shots were deemed non effective then we opted for surgery some type of decompression surgery That was Oct.17,2011.. At first the pain was gone,, then progressively returned worse than it was before surgery. Then I encountered the Bladder issues, So at my check up I told him of the pain that was worse than when I started and the bladder issues, next thing I know another MRI,, and then they tell me I have 2 synovial cyst on L5, so Jan.19,2012 here we go again,, back under the knife,, another decompression surgery,, and now April 5, 2012. the pain is full blown, the burning never stops, can't sleep, I can't get comfortable,, I can't sit or lay down for any extended amount of time.. Now another call to the neurologist,, I am frustrated and I am tired and scared to death,, I have already had two surgeries in the last 4 months ,, I really do not want to go through this again,, Can some one PLEASE tell me can these cyst grow this fast and do they keep coming back. I am afraid, each time they operate it is worse than before,, and now I am having the Bladder issues again.. The more I read the more I find out how rare this is,, the Bilateral Sciatica and the synovial cyst , not once but twice,, I am at whits end,, if anyone has been through this and can offer any advise I would greatly apericate any information.. I am a single mom to a seven year old and I can't afford to be disabled there are too many things that I want to do with him,, please help
  • Sorry you are in such pain and while I don't have an answer I can tell you you are not alone.

    I just went back to my neurologist since my pain never went away after my surgery last July to remove my cyst.
    We did an MRI which came back saying the cyst is still there (new one? - not sure) and now they are saying there are "arthritic changes in L3, 4 and 5.

    So now what? It's all very frustrating.
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