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Patellar dislocation

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The patella, or kneecap sits on the front of the knee and is in fact a sesamoid bone or a bone within tendons at the front of the knee.

The kneecap can dislocate following an injury. This will result in pain, swelling and in many cases a visible deformity with the kneecap appearing on the side of the knee. The injuries can occur as a result of trauma, but in addition there are a group of patients who have a susceptibility to kneecap dislocation.

In the majority of cases, the dislocated kneecap can be pushed back into place. It is then important that following this immediate treatment, the knee is carefully assessed and investigated further with an MRI of the joint. These injuries can be associated with other injuries within the knee joint.

In many cases these injuries can be treated without surgery, often with bracing and careful physiotherapy.
My treatment at the Harbour Hospital was excellent.  I was made to feel relaxed and unworried as soon as I arrived for my total knee replacement surgery, to be carried out by Mr Adrian Harvey.  The care I received was fantastic.  My new knee is working really well and I returned to playing table tennis and badminton, and enjoying line dancing, and short mat bowls, within 6 months.  I also go swimming again.    I listened to and obeyed all the  advice given regarding exercise, which is crucial to recovery.  I can't thank them enough.

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Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital 67 Lansdowne Road Bournemouth BH1 1RW

Harbour Hospital, St Mary's Road, Poole, Dorset. BH15 2BH