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ACE Report #2788
Ace Report Cover General Orthopaedics

Arthroscopic surgery for knee OA provides no additional benefit to physical therapy


Study Type:Therapy
OE Level Evidence:2
Journal Level of Evidence:N/A

A Randomized Trial of Arthroscopic Surgery for Osteoarthritis of the Knee

N Engl J Med. 2008 Sep 11;359(11):1097-107.

Contributing Authors: Alexandra Kirkley Trevor B Birmingham Robert B Litchfield J Robert Giffin Kevin R Willits Cindy J Wong Brian G Feagan Allan Donner Sharon H Griffin Linda M D’Ascanio Janet E Pope Peter J Fowler

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Synopsis

178 patients (>18 yr of age) with moderate-to-severe osteoarthritis of the knee were randomly assigned to surgical lavage and arthroscopic debridement together with optimized physical and medical therapy or to treatment with physical and medical therapy alone. Arthroscopic surgery for knee OA provided no additional clinical or symptomatic benefit over optimized physical and medical therapy.

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