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Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.

6 comments on “Bakers Cyst Of The Knee

  • Thank you so much for comments on Baker’s Cyst……I’m not going to obsess about mine any more.
    And thank you also for your wonderfully informative posts on everything related to my athletic but aging body.

  • Dr. Luks,
    I am an RN with 2 meniscus tears in my R knee that are causing significant pain. I have a tear in my L knee that responded well to a steroid injection but I feel this is a bandaid and the pain in my R knee is so much worse. I saw my Ortho doc recently. After reading your articles I realize that my physician’s replies to my questions were very inadequate. It seems that the decision of surgery was left entirely to me. I am disturbed by this and doubting that I have the best doctor for my issue. My goal is to find pain relief so that I can return to work and get back to life. After reading the thorough info that you provide, I realize that surgery may not be the answer. However the pain is difficult to deal with. I guess I could seek a second opinion.It’s a delicate issue as I work with these physicians. I am not an ortho nurse so my understanding of these types of problems was limited. Thus I decided to do some research on the net. I am a young 68 yrbold and in good health. Most likely these tears are degenerative. I’m sure that 35+ yrs of FT nursing is a contributing factor. I planned to work until age 70. Am I being unrealistic? I realize that you don’t have my MRI results etc. but based on the info I have supplied, I would value your opinion. Thank you,

    • At your age… these tears are usually associated with some osteoarthritis (OA). The OA is usually what hurts the most — which is why injections are beneficial as they diminish the inflammation from the OA. The “best” treatment for you would depend on your studies and your exam. Weight bearing X-rays are likely more important than the MRI. Arthroscopy in a late-middle aged female for a degenerative meniscus tear in the setting of moderate OA can lead to problems such as stress fractures, stress reactions, bone marrow edema, and rapidly progressive OA. Best to avoid if possible.

      Good luck

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