Leading Cause of Knee Replacement, Infertility, Liver Failure – The Burning Platform

Over time, your meniscus can develop tears, especially if you have arthritis. The standard orthopedic surgeon’s intervention for meniscal tears is performing an arthroscopic partial meniscectomy. In fact, arthroscopic surgery on the meniscus is the most common orthopedic procedure in the U.S.,9 but one study conducted in Finland found that arthroscopic knee surgery for degenerative meniscal tears had no more benefit than “sham surgery.”10

A landmark study conducted in 2002 also looked at arthroscopic surgery for knee osteoarthritis, and found the real surgery had no benefits over the sham procedure.11 While the surgery did not work better than placebo, it’s been found that arthroscopic knee surgery with meniscectomy increases the risk of future knee replacement surgery by three-fold.12

Exercise, on the other hand, along with rehabilitation in middle-aged patients with knee damage has been found to be as effective as a meniscal surgical repair.13 It’s also unfortunate that obesity is driving knee replacements to occur at younger ages, since your weight is also a significant factor in determining the potential success of a surgical repair.

Leading Cause of Knee Replacement, Infertility, Liver Failure – The Burning Platform