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can a knee replacement surgery help treat patellofemoral syndrome or chondromalacia patella?

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Dr. Robert Greer
43 years experience Family Medicine
Yes,but: Knee replacement should be reserved (in my non-orthopedic) opinion for severe knee disease-not the 2 conditions you mentioned.
Answered on Apr 20, 2013
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Dr. Tariq Niazi
Dr. Tariq Niazi commented
42 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
CMP and PFS should be treated conservatively with pain meds like NSAIDs, PT, braces initially, and arthroscopic surgery for those in whom symptoms do not improve. These conditions are usually seen in younger patients, while Knee replacements are needed by older patients with severe arthritis.
Apr 10, 2013
Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Last restort : Chondromalacia patella (runners knee) is due to overload of the patellofemoral joint (knee cap against the end of the thigh bone). Running causes high forces in this portion of the joint. So does arising from a chair, going up/down stairs. Treatment consists of activity modification, ice, anti-inflammatory meds and therapy aimed at flexibility and strengthening, especially of your core.
Answered on Apr 24, 2018
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