Sham Knee Surgery as Good as Knee Surgery?
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017 11:20 AM

After 2 years of follow-up, arthroscopic partial meniscectomy (APM) was no better than sham surgery for patients with degenerative medial meniscal tears and no evidence of knee osteoarthritis, reported Finnish researchers in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Comparing partial meniscectomy and sham-surgery patients researchers found no significant between-group differences 24 months after surgery. “These results support the evolving consensus that degenerative meniscus tear represents an (early) sign of knee osteoarthritis, rather than a clinical entity on its own," the authors wrote. "Accordingly, caution should be exercised in referring patients with knee pain and suspicion of a degenerative meniscal tear to MRI examination or APM, even after a failed attempt at conservative treatment."

This research was an extension of the Finnish Degenerative Meniscal Lesion Study (FIDELITY) that took place in five orthopedic centers in Finland from December 2007 to March 2014