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.