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Arthroscopic Management of Osteoarthritis

Pitta, Michael MD; Davis, William III MD; Argintar, Evan H. MD

JAAOS - Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: February 2016 - Volume 24 - Issue 2 - p 74–82
doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-14-00258
Review Article

Arthroscopic surgery is commonly performed in the knee, shoulder, elbow, and hip. However, the role it plays in the management of osteoarthritis is controversial. Routine arthroscopic management of osteoarthritis was once common, but this practice has been recently scrutinized. Although some believe that there is no role for arthroscopic treatment in the management of osteoarthritis, it may be appropriate and beneficial in certain situations. The clinical success of such treatment may be rooted in appropriate patient selection and adherence to a specific surgical technique. Arthroscopy may serve as an effective and less invasive option than traditional methods of managing osteoarthritis.

From the Department of Orthopaedics, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington DC.

None of the following authors or any immediate family member has received anything of value from or has stock or stock options held in a commercial company or institution related directly or indirectly to the subject of this article: Dr. Pitta, Dr. Davis, and Dr. Argintar.

Received July 24, 2014

Accepted April 19, 2015

© 2016 by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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