Surgeons question value of arthroscopic knee surgery

The minimal benefits of arthroscopic knee surgery are outweighed by potential harms — including DVT, VTE, pulmonary embolism and infection — say orthopaedic surgeons.

A meta-analysis of nine randomised trials involving more than 1200 middle-aged and older patients with meniscal tears and/or osteoarthritis has found that arthroscopic surgery has a small but significant effect on pain that gradually disappears over one year.