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A surgeon who is an expert in knee and hip problems states that the mounting concerns over current anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) such as the Celebrex, Naproxen, Ibuprofen and Diclofenac are making surgery seem not such an aggressive option. The medication only help mask the pain of knee arthritis but surgery can remove the arthritis and negate the need for any medication at all. Many long term users of NSAID's have not been made aware of the risks they face. However, surgery may not be a good option for everyone with knee or hip pain. The surgeon cautions consumers about the inaccuracies of knee MRI's which can lead to unnecessary surgeries if utilized by an inexperienced orthopedic surgeon. X-rays are much better able to diagnosed arthritis than MRI's and the costs are much less. Thus it is important to weigh up surgical and medication choices and ensure that the surgeon is very qualified and experienced.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Arrive Net
About: Knee or hip replacement surgery may be a better option than living with the risks of long-term anti-inflammatory use
Date: 27 December 2004
Source: Arrive Net
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