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A 71-year-old female asked:

Fifteen year old male with dislocated kneecap. mri said medial patellofemoral ligament is ruptured from it patellar attachment along with a tiny fracture fragment. this is a first time dislocation. does this mean surgery?

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Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 25 years experience
A medial patellofemoral ligament tear can be initially treated conservatively without surgery. The knee may have to be immobilized in a splint for a number of weeks to allow for healing. Physical therapy, taping, and a home program of exercises prescribed by the therapist begin after the period of immobilization. If healing is not complete and the kneecap becomes dislocated again, surgery is done.
Last updated Aug 10, 2021

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