T

he world’s most common orthopedic procedure — knee arthroscopy — is frequently a waste of time and money and should almost never be performed on patients with degenerative knee disease.

That’s the conclusion of an international panel that strongly recommends against arthroscopic surgery in a new guideline published by the BMJ. The panel found that, while performed 2 million times per year worldwide, knee arthroscopy offers minimal benefits to patients with degenerative knee disease, which affects about 25 percent of people older than 50.

This is a STAT Plus article and is only available to STAT Plus subscribers.
To read the full story, subscribe to STAT Plus or log in to your account.
Good news: your first 30 days are on us.

Leave a Comment

Please enter your name.
Please enter a comment.

  • Very informative. Checkibg alternatives after playing sports at high level and having a TKR in my right knee. Looking for all options since I hav OA and the left knee is the issue now.

  • What a waste to have an arthroscope and go through a fair bit of pain when most people need a full knee replacement . Sometimes you wonder if the medical profession has a different agenda when it comes to pain and suffering as opposed to the well being of the patients.

  • There are certain indications where it definitely works ,in fact it saves your joint from osteoarthritis

    • Dr. Herode, please tell me an example in which arthroscopic surgery has been proven to save a joint from osteoarthritis.

  • Sir..i have a ACL tear of my right knee…should i go for surgery…i m 51 years of age…playing badminton reguraly before the injury…i have done physiotherapy since 6 month….plz advise

Recommended Stories

Sign up for our biotech newsletter, The Readout

A guide to what’s new in biotech — delivered straight to your inbox every weekday morning.