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Many People Who Get Knee Surgery Don't Need It

Many People Who Get Knee Surgery Don't Need It
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Most patients assume the path to these and other joint surgeries is uncomplicated. Pain or discomfort leads to a doctor’s evaluation and medical imaging. If an MRI turns up sufficient damage or dysfunction, surgery is performed to clean up the mess. But more and more doctors are questioning the value of this model. Their concerns are fueled in part by new placebo research that compares sham surgeries to real operations—with surprising results.

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