• What is luxating patella?

It occurs when the patella displaces from its position on the femur (thigh bone). It is known as “Dislocating knee”

  • How can it occur?

           It occurs after falls, accidents or sports injuries. It can also occur spontaneously due to knee instabilities that some people may present.

  • Is it always necessary to operate?

Initially, it is important to attempt treatment with physiotherapy. If that fails, surgery should be considered.

  • Is the surgery too painful?

No. In the first few days after surgery, patients are given prophylactic analgesic medications, that is, they should be taken before any nuisance can be felt.

  • How is the surgery performed?

During surgery, we reconstruct the ligament connecting the kneecap (patella) to the femur. In specific cases, it is necessary to perform an osteotomy (displacement of a small bone fragment).

  • What kind of anesthesia is used?

Spinal anesthesia. Anesthesia performed in the back region. It is the same used in cesarean sections.

  • Will I need to be hospitalized?

Yes. Usually, it is necessary to spend 1 night in the hospital.

  • What are the scars?

     Three incisions to the anterior region of the knee of about 3 cm are necessary.

  • When can I walk normally?

     For simpler cases, in which we only perform ligament reconstruction, patients may be able to walk again after a few physiotherapy sessions.

     For cases where osteotomy was required, you may walk after 6 to 8 weeks.