Continuing yesterday’s discussion about Bruce Lipton’s book, “The biology of belief”…
Another study he shares illustrates the placebo effect of surgery, in this case, knee surgery.
“A Baylor School of Medicine study, published in 2002 in the New England Journal of Medicine, evaluated surgery for patients with severe, debilitating knee pain…The patients in the study were divided into three groups. Moseley [the surgeon] shaved the damaged cartilage in the knee of one group. For another group he flushed out the knee joint, removing material thought to be causing the inflammatory effect…The third group got ‘fake’ surgery. The patient was sedated, Moseley made three standard incisions and then talked and acted just as he would have during a real surgery…All three groups were prescribed the same postoperative care, which included an exercise program.
“The results were shocking…the groups who received surgery, as expected, improved. But the placebo group improved just as much as the other two groups!…the results were clear to Moseley: ‘My skill as a surgeon had no benefit on these patients. The entire benefit of surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee was the placebo effect.'”
Lipton reported that televisions programs showed these unsuspecting patients running and playing basketball, doing things they could not do before surgery. They weren’t told for 2 years afterward that nothing had been done to their knees.