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ACE Report #5868
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Radiofrequency chondroplasty superior to mechanical debridement with medial meniscectomy


Study Type:Therapy
OE Level Evidence:2
Journal Level of Evidence:1

Four-Year Results From a Randomized Controlled Study of Knee Chondroplasty With Concomitant Medial Meniscectomy: Mechanical Debridement Versus Radiofrequency Chondroplasty

Arthroscopy. 2010 Sep;26(9 Suppl):S73-80. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2010.02.030.

Contributing Authors: G Spahn HM Klinger T Mückley GO Hofmann

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Synopsis

60 patients with grade III articular cartilage defects of the medial femoral condyle were randomly assigned to medial meniscectomy with either debridement of articular cartilage using a mechanical shaver (mechanical shaver debridement [MSD] group), or thermal chondroplasty using a temperature controlled bipolar device (radiofrequency-based chondroplasty [RFC] group). Results at 4 years postoperati...

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