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A 60-year-old female asked:

the bone behind my knee cap has worn down and causes my leg to give way. can this be fixed?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine 28 years experience
I'm not clear if the: Problem is w the back side of your kneecap, or w the femur or tibia. But yes, it is likely that a problem w any of these can be helped. Please see an orthopedic surgeon to help identify the specific problem & explore what treatment(s) could be the most helpful. Take care.
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Total knee: Some knee cap arthritis can be treated with medications and exercise. When those things fail, consideration of resurfacing or a total knee is appropriate.
Dr. Christopher Dougherty
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
If your young enough sometimes isolated areas of cartilage wear can be repaired. It may take cutting and moving the bone
Feb 17, 2013

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