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The Case Against – and for – Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

U.S. News & World Report—June 22, 2017

Arthroscopic knee surgery can be an option for patients who experience knee pain. U.S. News & World Report reported on when arthroscopic knee surgery can be a helpful solution for treatment.

Alejandro Gonzalez Della Valle, MD, hip and knee surgeon at HSS, discussed if the surgery is helpful for those with moderate to severe arthritis. "For a number of years, we have known that if we offer arthroscopic surgery to patients who have moderate or severe arthritis, they generally don’t do well in the long-term."

For those with a torn meniscus in the knee, Dr. Della Valle said arthroscopic surgery won't relive a patient of the discomfort caused by underlying arthritis. "Fixing the torn meniscus will not cure the patient’s pain. Under those conditions, the surgery will not be useful or effective or will not provide any benefit to the patient," he said.

More ideal candidates for arthroscopic knee surgery include those who suffer a traumatic or sports-related meniscus tear with no arthritis.

Read the full article at health.usnews.com


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