WebMD—September 10, 2008
Arthroscopic knee surgery for people suffering from osteoarthritis doesn't reduce joint symptoms or improve its function compared with optimal nonsurgical treatment.
That's according to a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
The researchers found that both groups of patients experienced similar improvements in joint pain, stiffness, and function.
At the end of two years, the researchers concluded that compared with nonsurgical treatment, arthroscopic surgery of the knee did not improve joint symptoms or function for people suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee.
Marx says that while the study's results demonstrate that arthroscopic surgery is not indicated in treating patients who only have osteoarthritis of the knee, it can still be appropriate for patients with a combination of knee problems. It is important to "to individualize decision-making with respect to arthroscopic surgery for patients with osteoarthritis of the knee."
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