Letters Evidence base for orthopaedics and sports medicine

Is the evidence base for popular knee operations really scandalously poor?

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h429 (Published 28 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h429
  1. Jai Chitnavis, consultant orthopaedic surgeon1
  1. 1Cambridge CB24 9AD, UK
  1. jaichitnavis{at}hotmail.com

Orthopaedic surgeons and their patients will be dismayed to read that operations such as arthroscopic meniscal surgery and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction are of no proven benefit.1

Lohmander and Roos use two randomised controlled trials, which have been critically reviewed and their limitations highlighted, to support their argument.2 3 …

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