Saturday, May 30, 2009

Does Arthroscopy help Osteoarthritis?


Does having an arthroscopy help the osteoarthritic knee?

Getting a lot of press recently are articles that say no. But once again, that's not the whole story.

It has been shown that if you have moderate to severe osteoarthritis in isolation an arthroscopy is of little benefit. What complicates things is that there is often more than one cause of symptoms.
It is common to also have meniscal tears or loose bodies within the knee joint. These can be responsible for a great deal of pain and physical symptoms such as giving way.
An arthroscopy is a safe and effective way of addressing these problems. As long as the individual is aware that the key hole surgery is targeting only these components of the problem, and not making the knee "unworn", they should be happy with a significant reduction in pain.
They will still have some residual pain from the arthritis but less pain is still less pain.


Click here for a transcript of a radio interview with an orthopaedic surgeon discussing this topic

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