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A common type of knee surgery to ease pain and clean up worn-out knees may not be worth the time and effort for middle-aged patients, researchers reported Tuesday.

A review of many different studies on arthroscopic knee surgery found it helped for a few months, but not for much longer than that, and had dangerous side-effects including blood clots and infection.

It might be better to treat dodgy knees with weight loss and exercise instead, the researchers write in the British Medical Journal.

Source: NBC News

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