Arthroscopic Treatment of the Osteoarthritic Knee

  • Carl T. Talmo
  • James V. Bono

The knee is the most commonly affected weight-bearing joint by osteoarthritis, accounting for approximately 1 million surgical procedures yearly and for the majority of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs purchased in the United States. More than 20 million people in the United States are afflicted with early osteoarthritis, and it is the leading cause of limitation of activities of daily living and second only to cardiac disease in causing loss of time from vocational activities and work disability [1, 2]. In addition, an increased life expectancy and increased awareness of the benefits of physical fitness and participation in sports activities has resulted in a larger population with chronic articular cartilage injuries and early degenerative disease and higher expectations with respect to activity levels and recreational activities [3].


Total Knee Arthroplasty Osteoarthritic Knee Lateral Meniscus Medial Meniscus Medial Compartment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carl T. Talmo
    • 1
  • James V. Bono
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryTufts University School of Medicine, New England Baptist HospitalBoston
  2. 2.Tufts University School of Medicine, New England Baptist HospitalBoston

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