Arthroscopy as a treatment for knee osteoarthritis

Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2010 Feb;24(1):47-50. doi: 10.1016/j.berh.2009.08.002.


Since surfaces become irregular and debris from cartilage and meniscus gets released into the joint cavity of osteoarthritic joints, washing away this debris and attendant crystals, smoothing rough surfaces and repairing tears might help patients with disease. Such interventions are accomplished during an arthroscopy, when a fibre-optic endoscope and surgical instruments are inserted into the knee. While initial uncontrolled case series suggested that arthroscopy alleviated pain in patients with osteoarthritis, large randomised trials have suggested that arthroscopy has a limited role as a treatment of osteoarthritis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthroscopy*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Humans
  • Osteoarthritis, Knee / pathology*
  • Osteoarthritis, Knee / surgery*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic