Kristofer J. Jones, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine & Cartilage Restoration Specialist located in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA & Downtown Los Angeles, CA
If you’re experiencing frequent dislocation of the patella, patellar stabilization might be the right treatment for you. In this procedure, the kneecap gets more room to move laterally and stabilized in a functional position to prevent future dislocations and the pain and disability associated with them. To find out more about patellar stabilization, including whether this procedure might be the right solution for you, contact Kristofer J. Jones, MD, in Los Angeles today. While located in Westwood, we are proud to serve surrounding areas such as Santa Monica, Brentwood, Century City, Culver City, Downtown, and Sherman Oaks.
Patellar Stabilization Q & A
How is patellar instability diagnosed?
If your patella dislocates with minimal physical activity, Dr. Jones -- a specialist in conditions of the bones and joints -- should evaluate you. He can diagnose the cause of instability of the patella with the following tests:
- CT, which provides a 3D image of the structure
- X-rays, which provide insight regarding bone placement and conditions
- MRI, which creates a clearer picture of the supporting bones, tendons, and ligaments
You may only need a single diagnostic test. However, if your case is complicated, Dr. Jones may order multiple tests to gain a thorough understanding of your condition.
What surgeries can be performed to stabilize the patella?
Several different surgical approaches can be taken to achieve patellar stabilization.
- Damaged ligaments in the knee can be reconstructed or strengthened via grafting.
- The patella can be realigned by deepening the groove in the bone.
- Areas of your bone that are damaged can be can be removed or smoothened.
- The ligaments around the knee are released, improving stability.
Unique risks and benefits accompany each procedure, and only Dr. Jones can determine which of these procedures is the best option for restoring your knee’s stability.
When should I see a doctor?
If you’ve dislocated your patella, you should see Dr. Jones right away. If you’ve dislocated your patella more than once, it’s especially crucial that you see him as soon as possible.
What should I expect during recovery?
Because so many different procedures can be performed to stabilize the patella, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Dr. Jones can help you understand what to expect following your patellar stabilization surgery.
Ask your primary care provider to refer you to Kristofer J. Jones, MD, or schedule your consultation appointment directly with his office today. Seeking treatment early can help prevent serious complications in the future.
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