Return to Activities After Patellofemoral Arthroplasty

Beth E. Shubin Stein, Jacqueline M. Brady, Brian Grawe, Yetsa Tuakli-Wosornu, Joseph T. Nguyen, Elizabeth Wolfe, Marcia Voigt, Gregory Mahony, Sabrina Strickland

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Patellofemoral arthroplasty (PFA) is used to treat isolated patellofemoral arthritis, but little is known about post-PFA activity levels and functional outcome scores. We reviewed 48 consecutive cases (39 patients) of PFAs performed between 2009 and 2014. Three validated patient-reported outcome measures (Kujala score, Lysholm score, International Knee Documentation Committee score) were used to evaluate knee function before and after surgery. Patient-reported outcome measures were significantly improved after surgery. Return to previous preferred activity was reported by 72.2% of patients, and 52.8% of patients reported returning to the same activity level or to a higher level. Historically, the literature evaluating knee arthroplasty outcomes has focused on implant survivorship, pain relief, and patient satisfaction. Our findings show that patients who undergo PFA have a high rate of return to their preferred activities. These findings can be used to inform patients who want to remain active after PFA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E353-E357
JournalAmerican journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.)
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017

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