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Int Orthop. 1991;15(4):351-5.

A prospective review of arthroscopic debridement for degenerative joint disease of the knee.

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Westminster Hospital, London, England.


A prospective review of 254 patients with moderate or severe knee pain due to degenerative joint disease, treated by arthroscopic debridement of menisci, articular cartilage, osteophytes and loose bodies has been made 24 to 140 months (average of 44 months) after surgery. Patients ranged in age from 28 to 82 years with an average of 49 years. At review, 75% had minimal discomfort and improved function and 85% were satisfied with the treatment. Those with less radiographic arthritis, less severe involvement of articular cartilage at operation and of younger age had more worthwhile improvement. This procedure allows worthwhile relief of symptoms, and only 14% had a subsequent operation after an average period of four years.

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