What is a Synovial Cyst Decompression?

A synovial cyst is a fluid filled lesion that arises from a degenerated facet joint (arthritis) of the spine. Using state-of-the art CT imaging guidance, we can localize these cysts and attempt to decompress and fenestrate them with a needle. When accessible not every cyst will drain but if it is accessible and drainable, open surgery can be avoided temporarily and in some instances completely.