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Feeling KOOL – Skipping Knee Surgery

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When to skip knee surgery:

If you’re battling knee pain but  the joint still has a full range of motion, you may want to hold off on surgery – even if an MRI reveals a meniscus tear.

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that one of the most common knee surgeries doesn’t repair rips in the knee-cushioning cartilage.

This study adds to the evidence that surgeons may be performing way more knee surgeries than necessary.

The bottom line: “Meniscus tears don’t always warrant surgery,” says Dr. Edward Laskowski, of the Mayo Clinic.

 

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