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What Is Patellofemoral Joint Replacement?

The knee is a common place for osteoarthritis, or the loss of cartilage in the joints. One option to correct this is a total knee replacement, which is a more invasive procedure with longer recovery time. If the osteoarthritis only affects one area of the joint, such as between the femur and the patella (kneecap), a patellofemoral joint replacement may be an option.

According to Dr. Marc Friedman, knee specialist at Southern California Orthopedic Institute, in a patellofemoral joint replacement, only the back surface of the kneecap and the groove at the front of the femur are replaced. “This is a less invasive surgery than a total knee replacement, and the recovery time is much quicker,” says Dr. Friedman.

Because the patellofemoral replacement can be inserted through a relatively small incision (approximately three to four inches long, compared to a nine-inch incision for a total knee replacement), rehabilitation is faster, hospitalization is shorter, and return to normal activities is more rapid than after a total knee replacement.

A major benefit of the patellofemoral joint replacement is that it can be done on relatively young patients and will help delay the need for a total knee replacement in the future.

If you are experiencing knee pain due to osteoarthritis and you want to learn more about patellofemoral joint replacements, call the specialists at Southern California Orthopedic Institute today at (877) 952-8484.

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