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Arthroscopy is not effective for the treatment of osteoarthritis

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 09 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:h

Clinical question Does arthroscopic surgery improve outcomes for patients with osteoarthritis of the knee?

Synopsis This is one of the few studies in the literature to properly evaluate a surgical procedure. Patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, moderate pain, no recent arthroscopy, and no suspected ligament or meniscal problems were randomly assigned to either …

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