AAOS Now

Published 12/1/2008
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S. Terry Canale, MD

Spot Check: Arthro­scopic débridement for OA knee

For many clinical questions, the amount of available information is overwhelming and the conclusions confusing. Although the number of Level I and Level II studies in orthopaedics is increasing, many orthopaedists find Level V—expert opinion—evidence both interesting and educational. AAOS Now’s new column, “Spot Check,” is focused on Level V evidence. Each issue, we will ask three or four experts about their approach to a specific therapeutic or practice management question.

We start by asking Frederick M. Azar, MD; Jesse C. DeLee, MD; and J. Richard Steadman, MD, about a recent study on the effectiveness of arthroscopic débridement for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. Read their answers here.