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A 33-year-old member asked:

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

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Yes,but: Knee replacement should be reserved (in my non-orthopedic) opinion for severe knee disease-not the 2 conditions you mentioned.
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Dr. Tariq Niazi
Dr. Tariq Niazi commented
Orthopedic Surgery 44 years experience
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
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
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.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

Could it happen that a knee replacement surgery treat patellofemoral syndrome or chondromalacia patella?

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Dr. Christopher Ferguson
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Sometimes: For severe chondromalacia of the patella in which there is extensive exposed bone, knee replacement is an option.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

Could a knee replacement surgery treat patellofemoral syndrome or chondromalacia patella?

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Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
It depends: Patients with isolated patellofemoral arthritis or severe chondromalacia refractory to conservative treatment may be candidates for isolated patellofemoral replacements.
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Last updated Apr 24, 2018

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