- 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.