Background: Recent evidence has led to guidelines to refrain from recommending knee arthroscopy for patients with an osteoarthritis diagnosis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the latest changes in the incidence of arthroscopic surgery for degenerative knee disease, changes in the ages of those patients and the delay between knee arthroscopy and arthroplasty, in Finland between 1998 and 2018. Method: The data for were collected from the Finnish National Hospital Discharge Register (NHDR). All knee arthroplasties and arthroscopies performed due to osteoarthritis, degenerative meniscal tears, and traumatic meniscal tears were included. Incidence rates (per 100,000 person-years) as well as the median age of patients were calculated. Results: The incidence of arthroscopy decreased 74% (413 to 106 per 100,000 person-years) and knee arthroplasty increased 179% (94 to 262 per 100,000 person-years) between 1998 and 2018. The incidence of all arthroscopies increased until 2006. Subsequently, the incidence of arthroscopy due to OA decreased by 91% and arthroscopic partial meniscectomy (APM) for degenerative meniscal tears decreased by 77% until 2018. The decrease of traumatic meniscal tears begun later, leading to decrease of 57% between 2011 and 2018. Conversely, the incidence of patients undergoing APM of traumatic meniscal tear increased 375%. The median age of patients who underwent knee arthroscopy decreased from 51 to 46 and from 71 to 69 in knee arthroplasty patients. Conclusions: Increasing evidence that recommends refraining from knee arthroscopy in OA and degenerative meniscal tears has led to a dramatic decrease in the incidence of arthroscopies. Simultaneously, the median age of the patients who undergo these operations has continued to decrease.
|Julkaisu||Knee Surgery and Related Research|
|DOI - pysyväislinkit|
|Tila||Julkaistu - heinäk. 2023|
|OKM-julkaisutyyppi||A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä|
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!!ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine