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Patella Stabilisation FAQs

Patella Stabilisation

FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions

Patellofemoral stabilisation is highly effective at treating kneecap maltracking and dislocation.  Please find below answers to common questions you may have.  Please feel free to get in touch if you have other questions.

When can I walk after surgery?

You will be able to walk the day of surgery for all patellofemoral stabilisation procedures.  You will normally require the use of crutches for 4-6 weeks after surgery to assist you with balance and support you whilst your muscles retrain.

Will I need crutches after surgery?

Yes, you will require crutches. The period you will require them varies depending upon what exact procedure you are having done.  If you are having bone surgery done this will typically be for 6 weeks, if you are purely having soft tissue work this will likely be for only 2 weeks.

When can I drive after surgery?

This depends upon which leg it is, and whether you drive a private or commercial vehicle.  Typically if it is soft tissue surgery and it is your right leg, it will be 2 weeks, and for bone surgery 4 weeks.  This is highly dependent upon your rehab and how your strength recovers after surgery.  Dr Slattery will advise you more closely at your appointment.

Do I need to do physio after surgery?

Yes! It is essential that you retrain your muscles after surgery to assist in holding your kneecap in position.

What will my scars be like?

Dr Slattery uses minimally invasive techniques, and he can advise you prior to surgery exactly the type of incisions and hence scars you are likely to have.

When can I go back to work or play sports?

This depends upon the type of work done, typically patients who have had soft tissue surgery can get back to high impact activity earlier than those who have had bone operations.  If you are engaged in desk based activities you will normally be able to resume these at 1-2weeks.

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