It's been an unfortunate month for orthopaedic surgeons


I’m always fascinated by iconoclastic medical research, and the latest study on arthroscopic shoulder surgery in The Lancet spectacularly fits the bill.

Iconoclastic means criticising cherished beliefs, and this research does that in spades. We will now have to reconsider our enthusiasm for referring patients with subacromial impingement to surgeons with arthroscopes.

In case you missed the news, this month has not been kind to the arthroscopists, who now have some major joint problems.