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Arthroscopic surgery for degenerative knee: systematic review and meta-analysis of benefits and harms
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    Re:The Devil Is In The Detail
    • Jonas B. Thorlund, Associate Professor
    • Other Contributors:
      • Carsten B. Juhl, Ewa M. Roos and L. Stefan Lohmander

    Dear Editor,

    We thank Dr. Bollen for his interest in our paper on knee arthroscopy for the middle-aged and older patient with a painful knee (Thorlund et al. 2015a,b).

    The consistent high-level evidence (Thorlund et al. 2015a,b; Khan et al. 2015) questioning the benefit of arthroscopic surgery has so far had a very limited effect on the practice of arthroscopic surgery in middle-aged and older patients with a...

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    The Devil Is In The Detail

    I would like to comment on the conclusions of the recent published meta-analysis by Thorlund et al in the BMJ and the subsequent sensationalist editorial. The conclusions are at odds with my own personal experience and that of my peer group.

    Although the methodology of the study is valid I would take issue with the conclusions reached.

    The meta-analysis on benefit started with nearly 1800 studies and wa...

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