Are you a Good Candidate for Patellofemoral Joint Replacement?
For patients who have tried to alleviate their symptoms of osteoarthritis through non-surgical measures and are not experiencing relief, Dr. Mazzara may recommend partial knee replacement surgery. In order to be a candidate for the procedure, patients in the Enfield and surrounding Hartford areas must have arthritis confined to only the patellofemoral compartment of the knee. Patients who may not be a good candidate for the procedure include:
- Patients with knee stiffness
- Prior ligament damage
- Those with a major deformity of the leg or knee.
- Poor tracking of the patella on the femur
- Patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis
- Those with crystalline arthritis, such as gout
- Morbid obesity
What is the Recovery Time for a Patellofemoral Joint Replacement that is Computer Navigated?
Because patellofemoral replacement is done through a smaller incision, there is less damage to soft tissues in the knee. In many cases, this allows patellofemoral replacement patients to recover faster and return to normal activities more quickly than total knee replacement patients. Patients with a partial knee replacement usually experience less post-operative pain, less swelling and have an easier rehabilitation than patients who undergo a total knee replacement. In most cases, patients may expect a full recovery from patellofemoral joint replacement in 6-8 weeks.
For more information about computer-navigated patellofemoral joint replacement, or to see if you are a candidate for PKR, please contact the orthopedic offices of Dr. James Mazzara, knee surgeon in Manchester, South Windsor, Enfield, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford communities.