What is an MPFL Reconstruction?
Many patients may dislocate the patella and can do well with non-surgical measures. Dr. Getelman commonly prescribes conservative measures such as rest, modified activities, heat and cold therapy, bracing and rehabilitation exercises particularly after a first time dislocation.
However, patients who are young and are experiencing chronic dislocations of the patella, are often ideal candidates for a surgical MPFL reconstruction.
Medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction is reserved for patients with recurring and serious kneecap dislocations. During the procedure, Dr. Getelman reconstructs the MPFL with a hamstring tendon from another part of the patient’s knee or from an allograft or donor tissue. The new ligament is created to stabilize the knee joint and to help protect from ongoing dislocations and additional damage.
Recovery after MPFL Reconstruction
A patient is placed in a knee brace or similar device for approximately 6 weeks following MPFL reconstruction in order to protect the reconstructed ligament. Knee motion is limited the first couple weeks, but full motion will be returned under the guidance of Dr. Getelman and a physical therapist. It is extremely important all rehabilitation protocols prescribed by Dr. Getelman are followed after surgery. The protocols are proven to provide an optimal recovery in the majority of patients if followed closely.
If you live in the Van Nuys, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks and Los Angeles, California area and would like additional information on lateral patellar instability and MPFL reconstruction, please contact the office of knee surgeon Dr. Mark Getelman.