MPFL Reconstruction

Ligament Reconstruction in Detroit MI

MPFL Reconstruction for Healthy Ligaments in Detroit MI - Christopher Minnock MDPatella dislocations can affect children and adolescents. These injuries typically occur during sports or with twisting injuries during a fall. When this occurs, the body heals over time. Physical therapy can help speed up recovery by helping reduce swelling, improve range of motion, strengthen and rebalance the muscles about the knee. Often times, patients are able to return to sports and activities gradually after 6 weeks to 3 months of recovery and supervised rehab. Dr. Minnock has patients use a patella-stabilizing brace while working on rehab exercises and recovering to help prevent a repeat dislocation. This brace is then used during the transition to return to sports for athletes. About 75% of patients will heal after a single episode of dislocating their patella.

In some patients, they still feel like their kneecap will dislocate with running and sports. Around 25% of patient will experience multiple patella dislocations in the future after a first time dislocation event. In these cases, Dr. Minnock will carefully evaluate the alignment of the leg from the hip to foot as well as the stability of the knee. A ligament called the medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) is needed to stabilize and to balance the ligaments around the patella to prevent dislocations during knee motion. If these does not heal well or is loose, then surgery can help reconstruct the ligament and stabilize the knee. Sometimes the alignment of the leg has to be treated as well to improve patella stability in addition to the MPFL reconstruction. Dr. Minnock typically uses donor graft (allograft) for MPFL reconstruction procedure. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis. Patients are allowed to bear weight in a knee brace immediately afterwards. Most patients can return to sports 3-4 months after surgery with appropriate supervised rehabilitation after surgery.