Knee Surgery Does Not Reduce Knee Catching or Locking in Patients with Meniscal Tear
Am Fam Physician. 2016 Aug 15;94(4):317a-318.
Does partial meniscectomy fix mechanical symptoms—knee catching or locking—better than sham surgery?
Removing the torn bits of meniscus in middle-aged patients who have intermittent knee catches or locking does not decrease their likelihood of experiencing symptoms in the following year compared with diagnostic arthroscopy (i.e., looking but not touching). In general, meniscectomy does not improve knee pain, regardless of the symptoms (N Engl J Med. 2013;369(26):2515–2524). (Level of Evidence = 1b−)
This report is a substudy of a larger study investigating the effect of arthroscopic surgery on (relatively) young patients with meniscal tear but without
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