Surgeon Motives

Some Surgeons Say Colleagues “Oversell” Meniscus Surgery

   Surgeons oversell?

Q: Do you think there are surgeons who recommend partial meniscectomy too quickly? Why? Is this due to clinical, financial, or other reasons? How would you advise a patient to determine whether or not their doctor is overstretching the indication?

gray area in who gets partial meniscectomy “Yes…when patient has predominantly symptoms of osteoarthritis”

“Yes, particularly in the situation where you have a patient who has predominantly symptoms of osteoarthritis, and they might have a little degenerative meniscus tear.  In this case, they’ve got some joint space narrowing, and the doctor does an MRI, and he finds some evidence of meniscus damage, and he recommends an arthroscopic surgery to trim the meniscus.  read moreBut he fails to recognize that the lion’s share of the symptoms are coming from the osteoarthritis.  I think that’s done quite frequently, and probably that’s where the surgery is overused.  I don’t know if this behavior would stem from financial motives. I guess that would be an easy assumption to make.” Orthopaedic Surgeon

What’s below? Read comments gathered during surgeon research in which meniscus tear surgeons reveal whether they believe that other surgeon colleagues recommend partial meniscectomy too quickly.  Surgeons also discuss what motives they believe are underneath patterns they see with the usage of partial meniscectomy. Includes extensive direct quotes from off-the-record interviews with knee meniscus surgeons. Make th BEST decision for YOUR body!
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