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Medial Patella-Femoral Ligament (MPFL) Reconstruction

Medial patella-femoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction orthopedic surgery is a procedure performed to correct serious and recurring dislocation of the kneecap. MPFL injuries tend to be the result of sports injuries such as football, soccer, hockey,contact sports, and dancing injuries. The Upper East Side, NYC, orthopedic surgeons diagnose and treat knee injuries including MPFL injuries in professional athletes and non-athletes, such as active children and teens.

Please note: A doctor’s referral is NOT necessary from a General Practitioner to see our sports medicine or orthopedic surgery specialists for a consultation, 2nd opinion, or for treatment at our orthopedic practice – including MPFL reconstruction surgery.

Glashow Orthopedics offers full out of network insurance benefits (we will contact your insurance company and submit for you). You will enjoy the luxury and benefit of academic medicine in a top rated concierge environment without the hassle of long hospital waiting room times and paperwork.

We are honored to have been awarded “Best Orthopedic Surgeons in America” by New York Magazine for over a decade as well as SuperDoctors, The New York Times, Top Doctors, New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors” issue, and hundreds of leading publications, news programs, and orthopedic surgeon’s review websites.

Diagnostic tests, treatments (oftentimes surgery) and consultations can often be carried out on the same day. We offer true concierge medicine to all patients. We have the ability to see our patients immediately; same day, nights and weekend and offer emergency services.

Symptoms of a dislocated kneecap include:

  • Pain in the kneecap when engaged in physical activity
  • Feeling of your kneecap slipping with twisting or turning movements
  • In some cases a near patella dislocation (subluxation) when the knee is close to being straight (the patient can actually feel and see it move)

An MPFL injury happens when the knee is fully straight (extended) and the leg is either rotated or a force is applied to the inside of the kneecap (patella) causing the knee cap to move from its normal position to the outside of the knee. When this occurs the ligament MPFL that normally holds the knee cap in place is torn. Other injuries such as cartilage damage can occur during the traumatic dislocation as well.

An X-ray of your knee will be necessary to get a clear picture of your bone structure. A CAT scan or MRI may also be recommended so the orthopedic surgeon can get a better three-dimensional picture of the bones, ligaments, or cartilage.

After proper evaluation of a first dislocation and if no other injuries are present, sometimes non operative treatment will be the treatment of choice. If the other injuries are present of if there have been multiple dislocation of the patella arthroscopic surgery can correct this condition. Medial patella-femoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction surgery involves using a ligament taken from somewhere else in one’s body or a synthetic replacement. The NYC orthopedic surgeon reconstructs the MPFL to keep the kneecap in place: in the “trochlear groove”, preventing further dislocation.

Medial Patella Femoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction is a method of rebuilding the ligament on the inside of the patella that is torn during dislocation. This is similar to other ligament reconstructions about the knee. A portion of the hamstring tendon is often used to rebuild the MPFL.

Orthopedic care before, during, and after your MPFL reconstruction orthopedic surgery. Our philosophy of direct orthopedic surgeon to patient care at every visit has made us one of the most trusted and respected orthopedic surgery practices in NYC. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.

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