The Top 3 Best Strategies for Draining a Baker’s Cyst

Today let’s cover the “Top 3 Best Strategies for Draining a Baker’s Cyst.” Draining a Baker’s Cyst can be a little tricky however the ultimate goal is to relieve the pain and discomfort from the baker’s cyst and make sure it never comes back…

First Strategy: Aspiration with a Needle

By far the fastest and most common strategy for draining a baker’s cyst is aspiration. This is where your doctor with insert a needle directly into the baker’s cyst and draw out the fluid building up causing pressure and the cyst behind your knee to swell.

The great part about this approach is the cyst will reduce in size and the pressure will be relieved very quickly. This is definitely an advantage of using aspiration/a needle to relieve a baker’s cyst.

The downside of this approach is the underlying pattern which has caused the baker’s cyst to form has NOT be addressed and many times the baker’s cyst will swell back up like it did before.

The following is a video of a medical doctor draining a Baker’s Cyst from the back of a man’s left leg.

Be prepared! This is not for queasy stomachs

Second Strategy: Surgery to Remove the Baker’s Cyst

The strategy most often used when a baker’s cyst has been drained several times and returned over and over is having surgery to remove the baker’s cyst.

An advantage of this approach is the baker’s cyst is immediately gone and most likely will never come back, however, now dealing with the aftermath of the surgery, anesthesia, potential infection and recovery can be a little tricky.

The following is a video of a baker’s cyst being removed from the back of a knee.

Third Strategy: Getting the Body to Drain the Baker’s Cyst on It’s Own, Naturally…

Before I share a natural approach to relieving a baker’s cyst. It’s important to understand that your body has the infinite capacity to heal itself. If your body is NOT draining the baker’s cyst on it’s own, then we must looking at the body on a deeper level.

Think of your body like a river. When water flows freely, the river cleans itself out. When there are logs, sticks, leaves and rocks in the river, the ability of water to flow freely in inhibited.

Your body functions in the very same way. Instead of the logs, sticks, leaves and rocks; your body has diet, stress, tension, and lack of hydration.

Each of these factors contribute in it’s own way to “clog” your body’s ability to clean itself out.

In the case of a baker’s cyst, there is too much “clogging” taking place in the back of the knee forming the baker’s cyst.

From a natural approach we need to look at these different factors to begin setting up the conditions so your body is able to resolve the baker’s cyst on it’s own. Think of unclogging a drain, when you do, the baker’s cyst will magically drain on it’s own!

Of course, the is a reasonable amount of “trial and error” to figure out what the right combination and how much of each factor to unlock the key to your baker’s cyst. But when you do, you’ll discover how amazing your body is at healing itself.

There’s very little downside getting your baker’s cyst to heal on its own and you develop tools and skills along the way that will last a lifetime!

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Christopher SEals

I have a bakers cyst that has reformed after a couple of years of no pain.. I have lost 170 pounds and osteo arthritis and bakers cyst came roaring with a vengeance this past few months. I was playing pickleball about 3-4 hours a couple of times a week and very active now.. It has sidelined me and now I am in pain bc of how I walk to accomodate the cyst and relieve the pain. I am on diclophenac and bromelaine, I do a yoga daily and modify that also. I just want to get back where I was…… Read more »


I have a bakers cyst that very large and the doctors only want to operate. They don’t want to give you hyaluronic shots–just want to do surgery. I don’t want surgery if possible. I fell on this knee in february1967 and it bled very little, and it didn’t start giving me problem until a few years ago. Can you suggest something for me to do?


should I continue with euflexxa injections if the baker’s cyst has ruptured and the knee is swollen


I wonder whether knee bandages are a cause of the cyst?


I have had a bakers cyst behind my left knee 3 times now and I’m scheduled to have it done a 4th time. Is there another option or do I have to have it done every 6-8 weeks forever

R co

Where may I find the info you state to naturally drain a bakers cyst


I have had about five Bakers Cyst in a ten year span. They always pop on their own then cause pain and a lot of swelling in the half for three days whilst the fluid is absorbed into my body. The first time I went to the ER and had an ultrasound and saw the bakers cyst . For me it is due to my rheumatoid arthritis which I have had for ten years. The only thing I have found to relieve my RA is eating a Lowfat Raw Vegan diet, I have fish weekly for b12. It helps reduce… Read more »


I have a recurring cyst that has been drained through an operation a little over a year ago. Within 6 weeks I had two ultrasound guided aspirations with cortisone injected inside the cyst with the hopes it would dry it up. I’ve had 2 of 3 Sinvisc injections( it got more painful and swollen with each injection so I skipped the third). 6 months later I had two more aspirations within 12 days of each other; one ultrasound guided no cortisone, cyst came back within 24hrs. Had another one in Dr.s office with cortisone. It seemed to get rid of… Read more »


I have a bakers cyst on the back of my leg and have done for some time. I have also got arthritis in the knee.
The doctors will not drain the cyst but it is causing discomfort.
Is it safe to drain it myself at home?

Evan Jones

I currently have a Baker’s Cyst in my right knee. It has been there going on 10 months now. I do hardwood flooring so I can’t take it easy on my knee. I have insurance with Kaiser Permanente, and have gone in several times to get help, but they keep telling me they can’t drain it because of arteries and stuff in the back of my knee. Videos like this make it seem easy. Is there credibility to what they are telling me?


I am no MD, but my cursory understanding is that synovial fluid is produced by the cells in joint lining, the synovial membrane, and secreted into the joint cavity to increase the viscosity and elasticity of articular cartilages and to lubricate the surfaces between synovium and cartilage, and to remove debris via phagocytosis cells.

I don’t know that improving lymphatic flow *wouldn’t* help, I’m just pretty sure that the fluids are separate. So I’m wondering how your program works?


But it’s not lymphatic fluid in a Bakers cyst; it’s joint/synovial fluid, so I’m confused about your whole premise…


I had left tot knee replacement 4 months ago, and was told the bakers cyst would resolve on own once the problem has been corrected.

My pain is from my bakers cyst, tried nsaids, compression hose, pt, exercise, rest, ice, elevation etc. still no improvement.
Would your program be able to help me.

Chanda J. Albrittain

I’ve had a bakers cyst for three years, finally went to have it drained and it wouldn’t drain. I’m not sure of what to think about this?

Kimberly Hamel

I’m having a bakers cyst drained soon,i work in a kitchen, what is the recovery time here?! Thank you

Kim Hamel

She hasn’t seen me yet, not till tues next week. For its super sore and painful after working 9 hrs in a kitchen. I got a brace but it throbbing bye time i take it off at home. Sje gave me 800mg of Tylenol not really helping much here.
What can i expect when they drain this?!

Kim Hamel

Ok thank you ill keep u posted how i made out tues


I had one after tkr that was hiding, undetected.
Popped on it’s own…. Extreme swelling causing discoloration in leg. High pain tolorance so didn’t realize until after the fact​. Tremendous relief now!


What natural ways can one reduce the baker’s cyst?

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