Some Arthroscopic Knee Surgeries May Be Unnecessary

Two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicate that arthroscopic knee surgery is performed more often than it needs to be, particularly on arthritis patients, reports the Associated Press. One found that surgery worked no better than medication and physical therapy in regards to relieving pain and stiffness from moderate or severe arthritis. Another found that tears in knee cartilage, which often prompt the decision to have the surgery, often do not cause symptoms.

September 11, 2008

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Some Arthroscopic Knee Surgeries May Be Unnecessary

Two-thirds of study participants who had knee cartilage tears reported no pain or stiffness in the prior month.The authors said the procedure can benefit those with large tears, recent injuries, or milder symptoms. But it should not be performed routinely on osteoarthritis patients. During the procedure, a scope with a miniature camera is inserted through a tiny incision and surgeons operate through other tiny cuts. Surgeons typically smooth damaged cartilage surfaces on the bone's ends and flush out bone chips.Some speculate that the increased use of MRI has led to more diagnoses of knee problems, which has led to more arthroscopic surgeries, some of them being unnecessary.

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