Severe Osteoarthritic Changes Occur in Knees Over Forty, after Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
I’ve written previous blogs about the subject of arthroscopic knee surgery, and in most cases I believe it is a useless procedure because in the long run it creates more osteoarthritic changes in the knee which ultimately leaves the patient with the possibility of having to get a total knee replacement later in life. Multiple studies support this idea and clearly indicate that osteoarthritic changes become more prominent after arthroscopic knee surgery. A recent study conducted at the Department of Traumatology in Austria also supports these studies. In this current study, arthroscopic knee surgery was performed on 284 patients to remove part of a torn meniscus.
After the surgery was completed x-rays of the knees were taken. Patients were then X-Rayed and evaluated again 53.5 months after the surgery. Two hundred forty-seven patients had been treated for medial meniscus tears and 37 for lateral menisci tears. Preoperative radiographs were compared with those at follow up and were classified. The results were analyzed statistically.
Osteoarthritic changes were classified as being worse in 38% of the patients after medial and in 24% of the patients after lateral arthroscopic partial meniscectomy (removing part of the meniscus). Patients who were older than 40 years of age and who had undergone arthroscopic partial medial meniscus removal had a significantly higher rate of osteoarthritis than patients who were younger than 40 years of age. The study concluded that partial medial or lateral meniscus removal leads to a significant increase of osteoarthritic changes, after arthroscopic surgery especially if you are over 40 years of age.
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Dr.Schnee, D.C. shares study that indicates arthritis in knee joint significantly increases after arthroscopic knee surgery especially if over forty