Repair of Medial Patellofemoral, Ligament Improves Patellar, Tracking in Total Knee Replacement

R. Meneghini, Mary Ziemba-Davis, Shelly Smits, James Bicos

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The medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) is essential to maintain patella stability; however, its role in total knee replacement (TKR) has not been studied. Forty-six consecutive TKRs in 40 patients were reviewed. Standard closure was performed in 29 TKRs. The MPFL was isolated and anatomically re-approximated in 17 subsequent TKRs. Blinded radiographic evaluation of patellar tilt and subluxation was performed preoperatively and 4 months postoperatively. Despite greater preoperative lateral tilt, the MPFL repair group demonstrated greater correction in patellar tilt compared with the standard closure group (p = 0.02). Patellar tracking also was optimized in the MPFL group, despite equivalent preoperative lateral patellar subluxation in the two groups. Simple repair of the MPFL at arthrotomy closure appears to optimize patellar stability radiographically and may improve long-term results by minimizing patellar complications and wear.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-278
Number of pages4
JournalSurgical technology international
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


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  • Medicine(all)

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