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Arthroscopic Proximal Realignment of the Patella

Posted On: 04-28-2015
Arthroscopic Proximal Realignment of the Patella

What is Arthroscopic Proximal Realignment of the Patella?

Arthroscopic proximal realignment of the patella involves cutting the lateral retinacular on the outside of the patella and tightening the inner side of the knee. This procedure is performed with a minimally invasive method that utilizes an arthroscope (a narrow tube with a video camera on its end) inserted through small incisions in order to guide the surgeon through the procedure.

Also Known As:

  • Proximal realignment of the patella
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Knee surgery
  • Patella surgery

Conditions Treated with Arthroscopic Proximal Realignment of the Patella:

Arthroscopic proximal realignment of the patella is utilized in order to treat lateral patellar dislocation, congenital lateral patellar dislocation and patella misalignment.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Arthroscopic Proximal Realignment of the Patella:

Non-surgical alternatives to arthroscopic proximal realignment of the patella include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy in order to strengthen the quadriceps and the R.I.C.E. method (rest, ice, compression and elevation). Arthroscopic lateral release for patellar realignment and open proximal alignment of the patella are surgical alternatives.

Anesthesia with Arthroscopic Proximal Realignment of the Patella:

Arthroscopic proximal realignment of the patella can be performed with a local or regional anesthesia. It can also be performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Arthroscopic Proximal Realignment of the Patella:

Possible risks following arthroscopic proximal realignment of the patella include infection, swelling, scarring, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used.

Prognosis after Arthroscopic Proximal Realignment of the Patella:

The prognosis for a positive end result following arthroscopic proximal realignment of the patella is good.

Recovery from Arthroscopic Proximal Realignment of the Patella:

Total recovery time after arthroscopic proximal realignment is six to eight weeks.

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