CBS News: "Are Doctors Performing Too Many Unnecessary Knee-Replacement Surgeries?"
In 2014, CBS News profiled a study that was published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology. The study followed 175 patients who underwent total knee replacement surgery and found that only 44% of those surgeries were “appropriate,” meaning the expected benefits outweighed the likely risks for that patient.
“In 34 percent of cases evaluated, the surgery was deemed to be inappropriate, with expected risks outweighing the benefits. The rest of the cases, 22 percent, were considered inconclusive, with risks and benefits approximately equal.”
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