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ACE Report #5932
Ace Report Cover Osteoarthritis

No effect of arthroscopic lavage or debridement over placebo surgery in knee OA treatment

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

A controlled trial of arthroscopic surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee

N Engl J Med. 2002 Jul 11;347(2):81-8

Contributing Authors: JB Moseley K O'Malley NJ Petersen TJ Menke BA Brody DH Kuykendall JC Hollingsworth CM Ashton NP Wray

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180 patients with knee osteoarthritis were randomized to undergo arthroscopic lavage, arthroscopic debridement, or placebo arthroscopy to determine the efficacy of arthroscopy in alleviating pain. Participants were followed-up for 2 years after intervention for outcomes in pain and function. The results throughout the trial indicated that there were no significant differences in pain between arthr...

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