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Patellofemoral Replacement FAQs

Patellofemoral Replacement


Patellofemoral replacement is a safe and effective treatment and can rapidly get you back to sports and activity.

When can I walk after Patellofemoral Replacement?

Full weight-bearing and walking is allowed immediately after surgery.  We get all patients mobilising Day 1 after their operation on crutches.  Most people will walk independently by two weeks.

When can I drive after Patellofemoral Replacement?

You should not drive for at least 48 hours after an anaesthetic. After 48 hours, your ability to drive will depend on the side you had your operation, left or right, the type of vehicle you drive, manual or automatic and what type of pain relief you are taking. It is generally reasonable to drive when you are confident with walking and can fully weight-bear on your affected side.

When can I work after Patellofemoral Replacement?

Your return to work will vary depending on the type of work you are engaged in. Most people can return to office work within a week. More strenuous manual work, may require you to take longer before returning to full duties.

When can I play sports after Patellofemoral Replacement?

Low impact activities, such as cycling and swimming, can be commenced from week 2. High impact activities, such as running, or excessive twisting such as during tennis or golf will be guided at your post operative visit.

How long will I take to heal after Patellofemoral Replacement?

The wounds take 7-10 days to heal. Most patients improve dramatically in the first 2 weeks. Occasionally, there are periods where the knee may become sore and then settle again. This is part of the normal healing process.

Can I run after Patellofemoral Replacement?

The majority of patients after Patellofemoral Replacement will be able to get back to jogging, skiing, playing golf, and social tennis.

How long will a Patellofemoral Replacement last?

Overall in the Australian Joint registry up to 75% last 10yrs, and this may delay total knee replacement and allow young, active patients to play sports and enjoy life without the restrictions of a total knee replacement.

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