More Null Results for Arthroscopic vs. Conservative Surgery for Degenerative Meniscal Tears

News blog readers know that that the CLAHRC WM Director concentrates on general rather than specific issues. However, we have featured articles on invasive vs. surgical therapies for meniscal cartilage injuries in the knee – justified perhaps by the high incidence of the condition and of the fact that the CLAHRC WM Director has had this surgery. Anyway, yet a further RCT has added evidence that any benefits of surgery over conservation treatment are ‘minute’.[1]

— Richard Lilford, CLAHRC WM Director


  1. Kise NJ, Risberg MA, Stensrud S, et al. Exercise therapy versus arthroscopic partial meniscectomy for degenerative meniscal tear in middle aged patients: randomised controlled trial with two year follow-up. BMJ. 2016; 354: i3740.

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