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Aetna Considers Arthroscopy Experimental

July 6, 2011
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In a recent policy article, health insurance giant Aetna considers arthroscopic debridement and lavage for osteoarthritis of the knee experimental and investigational because its effectiveness has not been established.

The only people Aetna considers arthroscopic debridement and lavage medically necessary are for those with mild to moderate osteoarthritis who have loose bodies or meniscal tears in their knees.

This means Aetna is reading the literature.  They based their policy on 40 different references from medical journals and scholarly articles.  Arthroscopic debridement and lavage is not an effective treatment option for many people with knee osteoarthritis.



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