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I see tons of articles on knee pain caused by arthritis, or sports injuries, but what about pain caused by patelar-femoral malalignment?

By Anonymous August 22, 2017 - 12:13am
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I had a surgical procedure on my patella (tibial tuberosity) to repair the misalignment. That was an epic fail. The bone graft never adhered, broke off after 9 weeks taking a few screws out with it. Emergency surgery to fix that mess left me with no resolution. My other patella needs to be repaired but I'm too afraid to do that procedure again. I found out later that my procedure had not been performed on a patient since the early 60's.

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. I am so sorry to hear about your ordeal.

Sometimes, people are born with abnormal alignment or have a knee groove that is too shallow, allowing the kneecap to dislocate.

In other cases, patella malalignment can also be caused by trauma or from overuse.

Patellar realignment surgery brings the kneecap back into normal alignment. This can be achieved by adjusting the tension of the ligaments and muscles on either side of the patella, creating a deeper groove with an implant or by moving the bone to one side where the patella tendon attaches to the shinbone.


August 22, 2017 - 8:55am
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