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Is arthroscopic knee surgery successful?

Arthroscopic knee surgery for an infected joint is incredibly successful. Over 91% of patients have a complete resolution of symptoms. Failure to wash out a knee that has signs of infection can lead to severe arthritis and chronic pain. This is why a knee washout is almost always done if infection is suspected. 

Arthroscopy for a “locked” knee that cannot fully flex or extend is also highly successful. This often occurs due to a small piece of material that is blocking the joint from moving smoothly. 

The use of arthroscopy and washout for other conditions such as arthritis is more hotly debated. Only some patients see benefits from the procedure and it is not well studied. This is why your surgeon will be hesitant to perform this procedure unless all other methods of controlling pain have been attempted. An arthroscopy is often the final procedure that is attempted prior to a knee replacement.

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* Savings estimate based on a study of more than 1 billion claims comparing self-pay (or cash pay) prices of a frequency-weighted market basket of procedures to insurer-negotiated rates for the same. Claims were collected between July 2017 and July 2019. R.Lawrence Van Horn, Arthur Laffer, Robert L.Metcalf. 2019. The Transformative Potential for Price Transparency in Healthcare: Benefits for Consumers and Providers. Health Management Policy and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 3.

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