What is the prognosis of patellofemoral arthritis following surgery?

Updated: Dec 11, 2019
  • Author: Dinesh Patel, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
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Surgical therapy is beneficial for patients with intractable pain and radiographic evidence of arthritis. Patellectomy, patellofemoral arthroplasty, and TKA reduce pain and increase function. Patellectomy, however, is associated with significant changes in joint biomechanics, and one study demonstrated that only 53% of patients achieved a good result at long-term follow-up.


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