Arthroscopic Knee Surgery Shows No Long-term Benefit

July 10th, 2015

Medscape Medical News announced recently that arthroscopic knee surgery should no longer be considered a standard course of treatment for painful knees, noting a recent study published in the BMJ.

Medscape’s detailed analysis of the study describes how, “[the] potential harms of arthroscopy to treat pain and poor functioning of a degenerative knee may outweigh the procedure’s small pain relief benefits, which last less than 1 to 2 years after surgery.”


The article quotes Andy Carr, from the National Institute for Health Research at Oxford, who argues that, “Supporting or justifying a procedure with the potential for serious harm, even if this is rare, is difficult when that procedure offers patients no more benefit than a placebo.”

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