A 45-year-old member asked:
could a knee replacement surgery treat patellofemoral syndrome or chondromalacia patella?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee answered
22 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
It depends: Patients with isolated patellofemoral arthritis or severe chondromalacia refractory to conservative treatment may be candidates for isolated patellofemoral replacements.
Answered on May 26, 2014
Dr. Christopher Hajnik answered
17 years experience Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
Sometimes: Patellofemoral syndrome is often successfully treated with aggressive, committed physical therapy aimed at strengthening the inside portion of your quadricep muscle. Damage of the smooth articular cartilage on the undersurface of the knee cap is called chondromalacia patella. If this damage is severe enough, then either a partial or total knee replacement may be indicated.
Answered on Mar 2, 2020
Dr. Zubin Khubchandani answered
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
As a last resort: 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 Jan 26, 2018
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