Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction is usually required for patellar instability (the kneecap going out of joint) and is a relatively common problem in young athletes. Patients experiencing ongoing dislocations, diminished knee function and overall weakness in the knees are usually candidates for patellofemoral ligament reconstruction. Your highly qualified physician at Guilford Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center will be able to determine, by a series of tests, if surgery is necessary for you.
The reconstruction involves recreating the attachment between the knee cap and inside part of the thigh bone by grafting into it a part of another ligament from your own body. For several weeks afterwards, the knee is kept fully straight, but you are encouraged to take your full weight on the leg during this time. With your dedication to recovery and with the help of our professional physical therapy staff, it will take about three months to restore your knee to full function after reconstruction.
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