Synovial Cysts and Surgery
I have been informed by my doctor that the pain in my leg which at times is excruciating especially when I wake up is cause by a synovial cyst. The pain starts in my left butt cheek and goes down to my calf. I have had this condition for about 2 months and recently it has been getting worse. I have been resting per an Ortho's request meaning no golf, tennis, or gym but the pain is still there. I have seen Chiropractor with therapy, had sessions with a PT who changed stretches with no results. I have been on Melixocam, muscle relaxers, Advil, naproxen and other over the counter medicine with no relief. It hurts when I sit for long periods of time and sometimes hurts when I stand. I can still play golf and tennis but have not done so because I was told to rest. I was informed by a Neurosurgeon that in most cases microsurgery is the only relief. I have tried stretches, Transverse table and TENs and the only relief is Melixocam and TENS. the absolute worse pain is when I wake up and it takes almost 2 hours to feel better.
Does anyone have any experience with this type of surgery? I was told its a 2 hour procedure and will be laid up for 6 weeks and after that time I can possibly start PT. I am an extremely active person playing tennis twice a week golf 3 times a month and the gym 2 times a week. I would like to know what the downside of this surgery, will this condition come back? I have never had any back problems and have always had a strong core. Any information on this would be very helpful. I know surgery is the last resort and I feel this is the last one. is there anything prior to surgery I should try? Please your answers would be very helpful. Thanks,