Questions over knee surgery

Arthroscopic knee surgery for age-related tears of the meniscus has no apparent benefit compared with nonsurgical or sham treatments, according to a review of seven randomised controlled trials.

“Doctors need to carefully weigh the costs and benefits” before recommending surgery, report the researchers who analysed the outcomes of 805 middle-aged or older patients with mild or no osteoarthritis.

In four trials, there was no short-term pain relief in the first six months after surgery for patients with some osteoarthritis