A 46-year-old member asked:
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could it happen that a knee replacement surgery treat patellofemoral syndrome or chondromalacia patella?

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Dr. Christopher Ferguson
18 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Sometimes: For severe chondromalacia of the patella in which there is extensive exposed bone, knee replacement is an option.
Answered on Sep 7, 2015
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Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Last resort treatmen: 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. Doubt knee replacement would be needed unless other compartments of knee also arthritic. Patellofemoral replacement as a last resort.
Answered on Dec 22, 2013

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