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Doctors and Patients Say ‘No’ to Arthroscopy for Arthritis

The Arthritis Foundation—June 27, 2017

The Arthritis Foundation reported on a recent study that stated that knee arthroscopy is not a beneficial procedure for those with knee osteoarthritis. The study found that arthroscopic knee surgery, which removes loose debris and repairs part of a damaged meniscus, did not improve pain and function for these patients.

HSS sports medicine surgeon Robert G. Marx, MD, MSc, FRCSC, commented on the study’s findings. "Several clinical trials have shown that arthroscopy of the knee isn’t an effective treatment for osteoarthritis. However, patients who have displaced meniscal tears or loose bodies in a knee with pre-existing arthritis may benefit from this procedure. Individualized decision making must be made for and with each patient, and factors contributing to, or against, a successful outcome must be weighed in each case."

Read the full article at blog.arthritis.org


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