MPFL Reconstruction | Medial Patellofemoral Ligament | Orthopedic Knee Surgeon Manhattan New York City, NY
The knee structure that holds the patella (kneecap) in place on top of the femur is called the medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL). Located in the center of the knee, the primary function of the MPFL is keeping the kneecap from shifting or dislocating to the outside of the knee. The MPFL has elastic-like qualities that aid in stabilizing the kneecap when the knee moves. Most MPFL injuries occur when the kneecap is forced away from its place on the knee. This is a common occurrence in sporting events that involve pivoting including football, basketball, tennis, and racquetball. MPFL tears can also be the result of weak leg muscles or an underlying knee abnormality that may increase the risk for kneecap dislocation. Patella dislocation tears the MPFL structure on the inside of the knee. Dr. Benedict Nwachukwu may recommend an MPFL reconstruction for an injured or torn or injured MPFL.
Patient Education: MPFL Reconstruction