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Patellofemoral Surgery – MPFL Reconstruction

The patella is the actual term for what is commonly referred to as the knee cap. This is a bone that protects and it is attached to the tendons of the thigh. It is also attached to the femur and helps to forms the patellofemoral joint for movement. It is secured in place by a ligament called the medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL), which stops it from sliding out of position. When the patella is dislocated due to an injury or other problem, it is out of the grooves where it normally would be. It is then pushing on the bone of the femur, causing pain.

The patella can be partially out of socket, known as dislocated. This is common among young athletes. It is more prevalent in females because they have a pelvis that is wider than males. A blow to the knee due to an accident or even twisting the knee during a fall can result in it being out of place. When the MPFL is torn, it can cause swelling, tenderness, and a great deal of pain. It may be difficult to move correctly due to the knee problem.

It is important to talk to your doctor if you have any symptoms or pain around the knee. In order to determine what is taking place, testing such as an MRI, CT Scan, or x-ray may be required. Upon reading those results, the doctor can confirm if you need MPFL reconstruction. They can talk to you about the various treatment options available.

Medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction –

This surgical procedure involves the MPFL ligament that is torn being removed, and reconstructed through a grafting process. The graft may come from your hamstring tendons located at the back of the knee and then attached to the patella tendon with special screws. You may have the graft from your own body or from a donor. The procedure is completed through an arthroscope and is minimally invasive.

You will need to use crutches for a couple of weeks after the procedure to help the knee heal correctly. You will be prescribed medications to help control the pain and to reduce swelling. You will need to attend all scheduled physical therapy appointments to help the knee get stronger and to improve range of motion. Don’t return to sports or other physical activities until your doctor has approved for you to do so.

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