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Arthroscopic meniscal tear surgery is no better than sham surgery, study shows

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4 (Published 03 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Arthroscopic surgery to repair a meniscal tear is no better than sham surgery in improving knee pain in patients with a degenerative meniscal tear and no knee arthritis, show results from a randomised controlled trial that questioned the use of this common procedure for this type of knee problem.

Arthroscopic partial meniscectomy is one of the commonest orthopaedic procedures, yet rigorous evidence of its effectiveness has so far been lacking, said the Finnish research group that carried out the trial.

The procedure aims to relieve symptoms attributed to a tear in …

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