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NY Times Reports Unnecessary Surgeries Still Rampant

On August 3, 2016 the NY Times reported that a recent clinical trial strongly suggests that a surgical procedure to repair meniscal tears in the knee joint to treat pain are "next to useless." What is striking is that about 400,000 middle-aged and older Americans undergo arthroscopic or open meniscus procedures each year. The meniscus is like a slice of cartilage serving as a shock absorber or cushion for the knee joint. As we age the cartilage degenerates and tears causing pain in the knee. But knee pain can also be caused by osteoarthritis which is not cured by meniscal surgery. A meta-analysis published last year of nine clinical trials testing the efficacy of surgery versus physical therapy and/or exercise for knee pain found that the meniscus surgery offered the least benefit.

Another common surgery of dubious benefit for many is the spinal fusion that uses plates and screws to attach adjacent vertebrae to relieve back pain from dried out and/or herniated discs. According to the NY Times report, studies of the efficacy of spinal fusions "completed by the early 2000's...should have been enough to greatly limit or stop the surgery,...but that did not happen." To the contrary, spinal fusions increased despite evidence that those patients had no better pain relief than those who exercised or underwent physical therapy.

Lesson to be learned: research, get a second opinion and ask a lot of questions. If you believe you are worse off following the surgery, consult a malpractice attorney.

Ronald C. Burke, Esq

Trial Attorney with 30+ Years of Experience Attorney Ronald C. Burke, Esq. has more than 30 years of experience and has focused his career on representing clients in cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice and legal malpractice. He is a seasoned trial lawyer and has won many seven-figure settlements and verdicts for his clients over the years, including many case victories listed among the largest in the history of the New York State. He has been featured in the news and is a regular lecturer for the New York County Lawyers Association, as well as having lectured before the New York State Bar Association. Ron is also an attorney with Kelner & Kelner, a New York personal injury law firm. Awards and Accolades Mr. Burke's awards and accolades are many. Among them, he has been included in New York Super Lawyers® each year since 2010, and he has received the highest-possible AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. Verdict Search, a part of the New York Law Journal, frequently recognizes his notable successes after winning some of the highest settlements and verdicts in past years. He was also featured in their list of the "Top New York Verdicts of 2011" and "Top New York Settlements of 2012." He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as before the United States Supreme Court. When Attorney Burke is not handling legal malpractice cases, he is highly involved in the local community. He is a member of the Village of Rockville Centre Volunteer Fire Department, has served on the local school board and as Chairman of the local Zoning Board. Learn more about Attorney Burke and how he can skillfully handle your malpractice case by contacting the Law Offices of Ronald C. Burke, Esq. right away to schedule your complimentary case evaluation. Our firm is here to help! Contact a New York Legal Malpractice Attorney Our firm provides each client's case with thorough preparation and aggressive representation, ensuring that you win the best possible results for your case whether it is settled or goes to trial. As a seasoned trial lawyer, Mr. Burke can provide the strong and relentless representation you need to establish negligence in a legal malpractice case and to recover any damages you may have suffered. Our firm can recover compensation for pre-trial and trial malpractice, violations of fee arrangements, loss of income, pain and suffering, and much more. Contact us today!

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