What is the role of arthroscopy in the workup of patellofemoral syndrome (PFS)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Noel F So, MD, FAAPMR; Chief Editor: Consuelo T Lorenzo, MD  more...
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  • Arthroscopy

    • Arthroscopy helps to confirm the diagnosis of patellofemoral syndrome (PFS) by allowing direct visualization of the cartilage surface. Arthroscopic evaluation also provides assessment of joint structures that may cause symptoms that mimic PFS when they are impaired.

    • Arthroscopy also has the ability to facilitate surgical alteration of patellar tracking (eg, lateral release). Visualization of the patella may allow for some revision of the cartilage surface. However, most authors agree that surgical treatment is rarely indicated.

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