Concurrent Session 8 – OA Treatments

Effectiveness of Surgery: Perception versus Reality

Timeslot: Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 10:45am to 11:15am


The effectiveness of many medical interventions are overestimated and the harms underestimated. Surgery often escapes such criticism, and the effectiveness of surgical procedures are rarely challenged. Furthermore, surgery is not often subjected to the same high quality placebo controlled trials as medicine. This presentation will demonstrate the lack of effectiveness of many surgical procedures and will explore the reasons why these surgical treatments persists despite a lack of evidence, or evidence off their lack of effectiveness. It will show how many surgical treatments are or may be no more effective than placebo, and why we should not rely on the placebo effect.