Is Knee Surgery Really Necessary?

Image courtesy of dennis via Flickr

Image courtesy of dennis via Flickr

A study in Finland presented in New England Journal of Medicine this week revealed that knee surgery is no better than conservative therapy. The study was conducted in patients with non-traumatic meniscal injuries and showed that patients that received a sham or fake surgery had the same results as those patients that received real surgery by the end of 12 months post-treatment.

This questions the risk, benefits, and costs of a surgery that is conducted over 500,000 times a year and accounting for $4 billion in annual medical costs in the United States. Every knee injury is different and you should discuss the pros, cons and the need for knee surgery with your physician and discuss the options of conservative therapy.

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