Decreased numbers of Arthroscopy for Knee OA

posted May 14, 2013, 5:05 AM by Arockia Doss
Holmes et al write in the May 2013 issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine that the number of arthroscopic surgeries for Knee Osteoarthritis has reduced significantly from the year 2000 to 2008. 

In a retrospective study they showed that there was a reduction of 39% in the number of arthroscopic surgeries performed for Osteoarthritis of the knee joints in that time period. They conclude that evidence for lack of efficacy of arthroscopy for osteoarthritis of the knee and reduction in reimbursement precede a significant decline in the number of these procedures in both public and privately funded patients.

Reference: Holmes R, Moschetti W, Martin B, Tomek I, Finlayson S. Effect of evidence and changes in reimbursement on the rate of arthroscopy for osteoarthritis. Am J Sports Med. 2013 May;41(5):109-43. doi: 10.1177/0363546513479771. Epub 2013 Mar 4. PubMed PMID: 23460330.