Thursday, 27 March 2014

Investigating surgery in patients with knee osteoarthritis

SPHPM's Rachelle Buchbinder has recently co-authored a study that has found that surgery in patients with knee osteoarthritis may not be as effective as previously thought. 

The study entitled, Knee osteoarthritis and role for surgical intervention: lessons learned from randomized clinical trials and population-based cohorts, highlighted that use of arthroscopy to treat knee osteoarthritis has not declined despite strong evidence-based recommendations that do not sanction its use.

According to the paper, arthroscopic partial meniscectomy followed by a standardized physical therapy program results in similar improvements in pain and function at 6 and 12 months in comparison to physical therapy alone in patients with knee osteoarthritis and a symptomatic meniscal tear.

A majority of studies have indicated that for people with obesity the positive results of total knee arthroplasty may be compromised by postoperative complications, particularly infection. Additionally, the paper concluded that decision aids help people to reach better informed decisions about total knee arthroplasty. 

To read the entire study, click here.

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