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Delaying Knee Surgery has a Detrimental Impact on Health, a New Study Finds

January 14, 2020

People putting off knee surgery suffer severe symptoms

Researchers at Northwestern University recruited over 8,000 people with knee osteoarthritis, or at risk of suffering from it, to participate in a study taking place over eight years. Throughout the study, a total of 2,313 people became eligible for knee surgery, and the researchers inspected 3,417 knees, with just 1,114 being replaced over the entire eight years. However, researchers determined that 2,833 people were potentially appropriate for the surgery and did not have it. Of the group who did not undergo surgery over 1,200 of them suffered from severe symptoms.

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