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Surgeons are doing fewer knee surgeries

By: Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing When knee arthroscopy became widely available in the 1980s, it represented a major advance. Today orthopedists evaluating and treating common knee problems often recommend arthroscopy, during which they insert an instrument into the joint and, with a light and camera on its tip, directly inspect the knee from the inside. While there, he or she can diagnose and treat common painful knee problems, such…

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