The Patellofemoral Arthroplasty: The Great Solution, the Great Problem

  • Vicente Sanchis-Alfonso


Unfortunately, many orthopedic surgeons believe that the definite solution for eliminating anterior knee pain in a young patient with multiple operations is the patellofemoral prosthesis (“The Great Solution”). But, they fail to ask themselves the most important question; what is causing the pain? When a patellofemoral prosthesis is implanted in these young patients without finding out the cause of the pain, a more serious problem could be created with a worse solution (“The Great Problem”). The cases we present spotlight this abuse.


Total Knee Arthroplasty Anterior Knee Pain Extensor Mechanism Quadriceps Tendon Trochlear Dysplasia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Patellofemoral Study Group, International ACL Study Group, Hospital 9 de Octubre, Hospital Arnau de Vilanova, School of MedicineCatholic University of ValenciaValenciaSpain

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