Answers to Common Arthritis Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about arthritis.

Is arthroscopic surgery an option for arthritis?

Dr. Michael Raab discusses arthroscopic surgery for arthritis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Arthroscopic surgery, done through a small incision and with tiny instruments, is not commonly used to treat arthritis, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsOff Site Icon. In the case of knee surgery, where there is a degenerative tear, the arthroscopic method may be used, according to the AAOS.

Arthroscopic surgery is not always effective, according to the Arthritis FoundationOff Site Icon. Recent studies on arthroscopic surgery of the knee to treat arthritis suggest that symptoms return after two years, and that the surgery achieves little more than medical options or physical therapy, according to the AF.

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Source: Michael Raab, MD, Premier Orthopedics

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