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Surgery: Falling out of love with knee arthroscopy

Nature Reviews Rheumatology volume 13, pages 515516 (2017) | Download Citation

Knee arthroscopy, the most common orthopaedic procedure, is used to treat middle-aged or elderly patients with knee pain, with over two million patients undergoing this surgery every year worldwide. A new clinical practice guideline advises against the use of arthroscopy in these patients, contradicting the common use of this procedure in clinical practice.

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The work of T.L.N.J. is supported by grants from the Sigrid Juselius Foundation, Finnish State Funding for Health Research (VTR), the Pirkanmaa and Helsinki University Hospital Districts, the Academy of Finland and the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.

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  1. Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital, Topeliuksenkatu 5, P.O. Box 266, 00029 HUS, Helsinki, Finland.

    • Teppo L. N. Järvinen
  2. Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, 1200 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4K1, Canada.

    • Gordon H. Guyatt


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