September 10, 2008
Knee Surgery No Help For Osteoarthritis

Knee surgery for osteoarthritis is big business but worthless. The lesson here is that we need stem cell therapies and other rejuvenating therapies. We need to reverse the processes of aging.

Running from 1999 to 2007, the study treated 178 London-area men and women with an average age of 60. All study participants received physical therapy as well as medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, but 86 of the patients also received surgery consisting of lavage and arthroscopic debridement at LHSC. At several time intervals post-treatment, the researchers found both patient groups experienced comparable improvements in joint pain, stiffness, and function, but surgery provided no additional benefit.

Orthopedic surgeon and study co-author Dr. Bob Litchfield emphasizes this study addresses only arthritis-related knee problems. "Although this study did not show a significant therapeutic benefit of arthroscopic debridement in this patient population, knee arthroscopy is still beneficial in many other conditions affecting the knee, such as meniscal repair and resection, and ligament reconstruction." Litchfield is the Medical Director of the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic. He's also a professor In the Department of Surgery at Western's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and a scientist with the Lawson Health Research Institute. "As surgeons, we need to know when things are working and when they're not. If this particular technique is not working for this subgroup of patients, we better come up with something else that does."

A 2002 study demonstrating similar results to this study was broadly dismissed by the medical community, and arthroscopic surgery of the knee remains a common treatment for joint pain and stiffness. But in this latest study the researchers conclude "based on the available evidence, we believe that the resources currently allocated towards arthroscopic surgery for osteoarthritis would be better directed elsewhere."

If you have parts that are worn out the solution is to make those parts young again. Surgery by itself can't do that. So surgery does not help.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2008 September 10 11:04 PM  Aging Treatment Studies

Nancy Lebovitz said at September 12, 2008 7:40 AM:

So far as I know, joint replacement works pretty well.

Eugeniy said at April 17, 2009 10:52 AM:

"So far as I know, joint replacement works pretty well."

- that would work even better if people would not age in first place

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