In most people, repairing the MPFL makes the knee
joint more stable. Some people whose dislocation
problem is surgically repaired will have another dislocation. And many people
continue to have pain and swelling, which may be due to cartilage damage on the
underside of the patella.1
Some surgeons think it best to repair MPFL damage immediately after a
first patellar dislocation. Other surgeons will wait until they see a recurrent
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