What has NICE said?

What has NICE said?

Although this procedure seems safe, there is not enough good evidence about how well this procedure works. It should only be used if extra care is taken to explain the risks and extra steps are put in place to record and review what happens.

More research on this procedure is needed.

What does this mean for me?

Your health professional should fully explain what is involved in having this procedure and discuss the possible benefits and risks with you. In particular, they should explain the uncertainty about the evidence on how likely it is to improve your symptoms. You should also be told how to find more information about the procedure. You should only be asked if you want to agree to this procedure after having this discussion.

Your health professional should ask you if details of your procedure can be collected.

Other comments from NICE

NICE said that although there is quite a lot of evidence about this procedure, there are problems with the studies that mean it is difficult to be confident about the results. Because osteoarthritis of the knee is so common, it's important that the evidence is convincing.

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