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Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction

Sometimes surgery is required to help treat troublesome kneecap (patella) dislocations. Mr Asopa specialises in Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction (MPFL).

ABOUT MEDIAL PATELLOFEMORAL LIGAMENT RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY

Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction is a surgical treatment that involves using your hamstring to reconstruct the damaged MPFL ligament. It is combined with arthroscopy of the knee to ensure there are no loose fragments of bone or cartilage and to treat damaged areas of cartilage.

AFTER SURGERY

  • After surgery, you will be sent to recovery and then you will go to the ward.
  • You will have dressing and a bandage on the knee after your operation.
  • You will experience some pain following surgery – please use the painkillers provided.
  • It is likely that you will be able to go home on the same day. Sometimes, you may need to stay in hospital for a night, for example if your surgery took place later in the day or included other complex procedures.
  • You will be given guidance and information before discharge from hospital.

RISKS OF SURGERY

As with any surgery, complications can occur. Risks include infection, blood clots (deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism), on-going stiffness and failure to improve, failure of the reconstruction/surgery and reaction to anaesthesia. It is also possible that you may require further surgery in the future.