Although there remains much to be skeptical about in the world of medicine, there is also the occasional study that promises optimism. So every now and again I will mix things up and talk about a drug, a device, or a treatment where there is strong evidence of value. Continue reading
It’s a slick procedure, all right; a bit of spinal anesthesia, just 3 tiny incisions, some sophisticated gadgetry, a bit of maneuvering and sloshing, and all done. Zip, zip, zip. The recovery times are short, the complications few, and the whole idea of operating on the knee without any major incisions is just so downright appealing that it’s no wonder arthroscopic surgery is the most common orthopedic surgery performed in America, done almost a million times a year to the tune of more than $5 billion. But does it work?