What is a Patellofemoral Replacement?
The cartilage and bone that make up the kneecap joint, also known as the patellofemoral joint, can become damaged as a result of arthritis, traumatic injury or illness. When the degeneration of the joint is severe, a partial knee replacement or total knee replacement may become necessary. Patellofemoral replacement procedures are one of many different types of partial knee replacement surgery. This particular procedure involves a surgeon replacing the damaged part of the knee while preserving as much of the natural joint as possible.
During a patellofemoral replacement surgery, an orthopedic surgeon uses minimally invasive techniques to restore stability to the knee joint. A tiny camera is used and very small incisions are created to allow the surgeon to remove the damaged cartilage. He or she then implants a shock-absorbing artificial component between the kneecap and thighbone. Patients who undergo patellofemoral replacement surgery often report reduced pain and improved function in the joint.
After any partial knee replacement surgery, a period of rest and rehabilitation is to be expected. The first few weeks after your procedure may necessitate the use of walking supports, crutches or braces while the area heals. When the joint has begun to improve, your doctor will likely prescribe a physical therapy regimen to strengthen surrounding muscles and tissues.
Our Treatment Approach
At OrthoCARE Institute, our team is committed to providing advanced, patient-centric care that enhances your quality of life. During your initial consultation, one of our experienced orthopedic physicians will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your physical state, symptoms and medical history. During this time, diagnostic and imaging tests, such as an X-ray, MRI or CT scan, may be requested. Based on the results, we will create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and goals.
Whenever possible, we recommend trying conservative treatments before exploring surgical options. For patients suffering from advanced decay in a specific region of the knee joint, however, patellofemoral replacement may quickly become the recommended course of treatment. If you become a candidate for patellofemoral replacement surgery, your surgeon will discuss the procedure with you in-depth. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions – We value clear, open communication that informs and educates our patients about their care!
For more information about patellofemoral replacements or to schedule a consultation at OrthoCARE Institute, please call us directly at 972-573-7802 or fill out the form on our Contact Us page. We look forward to speaking with you!