Many middle-aged and older patients are told they need partial or total knee replacements or arthroscopic surgery to improve pain the are experiencing. Recent studies show, and a new study confirms, that such surgeries, specifically arthroscopy for arthritis pain, are only temporarily effective. Any relief obtained would be possible through exercise and proper care over time. In fact, the pain relief from exercise is much greater than from painkillers and arthroscopic surgery. Arthroscopic surgery should really only be used to remove particles of bone in order to increase physical function; however, there are serious risks involved in this surgery including blood clots in the legs, infection, and even death. With its minimal benefits and serious risks, arthroscopic surgery should only be used where medically necessary.
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