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Patellar Subluxation -- Again



My daughter had surgery on both of her knees for bilateral patellar subluxation. Now eight years later, this condition has appeared and is causing her much pain in both of her knees. Is a second surgery warranted for this recurrence?


Although a second surgery could also be helpful, this benefit could also not be permanent (as could be due, for example, to underlying connective tissue laxity/excessive elasticity). For this reason, non-surgical treatment interventions should be exhausted prior to more seriously considering further knee surgery. These nonsurgical options can be discussed and coordinated by her physician, or if necessary, by seeking another medical opinion.

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Brian L Bowyer, MD Brian L Bowyer, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University