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Patellofemoral Replacement Recovery & Risks

Last updated on May 4th, 2020 at 04:33 am

Patellofemoral Replacement


Patellofemoral replacement surgery is safe, and the complication rate is low.


There are risks associated with an anaesthetic which will discussed with you before your surgery with your anaesthetist, and there are medical complications such as pneumonia and deep venous thrombosis (DVT) which can occur after any operation.

Risks specific to Patellofemoral Replacement are:

  • Progression of arthritis: over time the arthritis which affected one part of your knee can spread to other parts of the knee, which may require revision surgery
  • Clicking/Clunking/Maltracking: this occurs when the knee cap does not travel in a straight line and may move out of its path which can cause pain and discomfort. In extreme cases the kneecap may dislocate.  Some minor clicking is to be expected from an artificial joint
  • Infection
  • Residual Pain



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