Patello Femoral Replacement

In around 10% of patients with knee arthritis their pain is coming from a worn knee cap. Although patients with this type of arthritis can usually walk with minimal or no pain when on level ground, they suffer from pain when crouching, going up and down stairs, walking on hills and getting out of low chairs.

In these patients, and where the majority of the joint is free from arthritis, it is sometimes possible to perform an operation where the back of the patella and the front of the femur are replaced.

The Surgery

The operation takes around 40 minutes and involves a small amount o the damaged bone being removed from the front of the femur and back of the patella. The patella Femoral replacement is then cemented into place.  You will have a 10-15 cm incision over the front of your knee that will be closed with either absorbable sutures or clips.


  • Day 1 post operation: You will be seen by the physiotherapists who will get you out of bed and start your exercises with you
  • Day 2: You should be able to climb the stairs 2 days post surgery.
  • 6 weeks: You should be able to walk with 1 stick (or crutch).
  • 4 Months: You should be walking well with no pain and have a good range of movement in the knee.

I want to thank Mr. Datta for taking such good care of me during both hip replacement procedures. It was my first major surgery and he helped calm my nerves. Both surgeries were successful and the after care was excellent. I am now completely pain free and able to do things I was not able to do for a number of years.

S Kirby

I must say my overall experience at Spire under Mr Datta was first class and I am very grateful to all involved

Peter L

My care and treatment has been excellent. From my first consultation through to my surgery, I have been kept well informed and have had all the information I’ve needed to ensure the surgery went well and that I make a speedy recovery. I would highly recommend Mr Datta.

Mr King

I had a total knee replacement done and had the best care. Yes did experience a long wait to go to surgery but that's expected in most hospitals. Was in for 3 days and couldn't fault the care, nurses and cleanliness of the hospital. Lovely food. One nurse in particular always managed to make me smile

P Elliott

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