Arthroscopic knee surgery in some cases is not needed!

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Stop the presses!  There was a study showing that middle-aged people (mean age of 53 – 59) who have arthroscopic repair of degenerative meniscal tears do NOT have significantly improved long-term pain OR function over conservative measures.

This study included 805 patient.  They found that those who had conservative management benefitted at 6 months as much as those with arthroscopic surgery.  In the short term (less than six months) there was a statisftically significant improvement in functional outcomes with surgery.  Surgery did not improve pain in the short term or the long term.

Conservative management included standardized exercise program.  Want more information? Canadian Medical Association Journal 2014; 186 (14): pgs 1057-1064.

 

 

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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