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Meniscus Surgery: “Most Unnecessary Medical Treatment”

7 Oct , 2017  

JAMA … “The Journal of the American Medical Association” … has just released a paper citing the “Top 10 Most Unnecessary Medical Treatments.” Surgery for meniscal cartilage tears was found to be one of the top 10 most unnecessary medical treatments today. This study considered 2252 articles based on originality, methodologic quality, and number of patients potentially affected. The 10 most influential articles were selected by author consensus. The JAMA paper is pay-walled, but you can read a summary here:

Elsewhere on the site, you will find links to many other peer-reviewed medical papers which present the identical conclusion:  “torn meniscus” surgery, especially for mechanical symptoms, is very often worthless and unnecessary. I’ve communicated with scores of knee-lock sufferers and estimate that, of those who had meniscus surgery, fewer than 1 in 5 have seen any knee-lock improvement after meniscus surgery, perhaps closer to 1 in 10. The work of Drs. Kuhn and Sekiya points to an entirely different reason for hard, physical knee lock, having nothing to do with a “torn meniscus.”

3 Responses

  1. jay says:

    I though I’d heal the cartilage by taking cod liver oil capsules, this just made my knee feel more susceptible to locking until the inevitable happened, it locked! I stopped taking the oil capsules the knee got better. Months later i ate cod and chips the knee locked that same day.

  2. Reizhurleina says:

    Hi my name is Reiz, thank you so much for this I have been trying to make Locking of knees very unusual and yet it is but true. My husband has this problem he is unable to walk, his knees are bent and each time he tries to straighten them they hurt so bad and it is so uncomfortable for him. He hasn’t walked since October – May now. The physiotherapist thinks to help him buy deep physio daily. The physio said he can walk, by stretching the tissue but this will be very painful, I am little worried about that.

    • admin says:

      Reiz, this sounds more severe than knee lock. Encourage you to seek additional medical opinions. My best wishes to you and yours.

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