The role of surgery in early osteoarthritis of the knee
Early knee osteoarthritis (EKOA) is common, hard to treat and can be debilitating for symptomatic individuals. Whilst end-stage osteoarthritis is treated reliably with knee replacement surgery, such surgery is not routinely offered to those with less severe OA as it is associated with a poorer outcome. These patients are said to be in a 'treatment gap' and they are the primary focus of this thesis.
A series of large epidemiological studies were designed to clarify the natural histo...Expand abstract
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