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Archive for June 29th, 2010

knee surgery

Anterior Cruciate Ligaments (ACL) or meniscal tears in the knee repaired by arthroscopic surgery does not decrease the odds that you will develop osteoarthritis.  This new data will be published in the August edition of the Journal Radiology.

Kasper Huetink, M.D. is the lead author of the study.  He said, “This study proves that meniscal and cruciate ligament lesions increase the risk of developing specific types of knee osteoarthritis.  Surgical therapy does not decrease that risk.”

The study examined 326 patients who were seen between 1996 and 1997 for a previous study.  The pervious study looked at the diagnostic value of knee MRI’s in regards to patients with knee pain considering arthroscopy.  Ten years later those patients were looked at again.  Localized knee osteoarthritis was evident in patients whether their injuries were surgically repaired or not.

Dr. Huetink also said, “There is a higher risk of developing knee osteoarthritis at specific sites after tearing a meniscus or cruciate ligament.  We showed a direct relationship between injury and long-term consequences, and showed that surgery has no impact on long-term outcomes.”

Huetink, Localized Development of Knee Osteoarthritis Can Be Predicted from MR Imaging Findings A Decade Later.  Journal Radiology, August 2010.