Study Points to Benefits of Knee Replacement Surgery Over Therapy Alone

The New York Times—October 21, 2015

The New York Times reporter Catherine Saint Louis delves into a new study on knee replacement surgery published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers found that knee replacement surgery relieves pain and improves function in patients with severe osteoarthritis much more effectively than nonsurgical therapy alone. Even with the high volume of knee replacements in the U.S., there had been no controlled trial comparing this operation with more conservative approaches.

Dr. Mathias Bostrom, orthopedic surgeon at HSS, said the study was "very well done from a methodological standpoint" but that its complication rate was "higher than I would have expected".

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