Table 2

Support from current guidance for arthroscopic surgery in patients with subgroups of degenerative knee disease

Lavage or debridementPartial meniscectomy for meniscal tears
Patients with radiographic osteoarthritisPatients without radiographic osteoarthritisPatients with mechanical symptomsPatients with evidence of osteoarthritisPatients without evidence of osteoarthritis
AAOS24 AgainstSupportiveSupportiveSupportiveSupportive
NICE25 26 AgainstAgainstForNo commentNo comment
BOA27*AgainstForForNo commentFor
AOA28*AgainstNo commentNo commentAgainstFor
OARSI29 30 AgainstNo commentNo commentSupportiveNo comment
  • For= Explicit statement that arthroscopy should be performed in some patients.

  • Against= Explicit statement that arthroscopy should not be performed in some patients.

  • Supportive= Seemingly supportive of arthroscopy in some contexts.

  • *Official statement, not guidelines.

  • AAOS, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; AOA, Australian Orthopaedic Association; BOA, British Orthopaedic Association; ESSKSA, European Society for Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy; NICE, National Institute of Health and Care Extdence; OARSI Osteoarthritis Research Society International.