Medial patella-femoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction is a procedure used to correct serious and recurring dislocation of the kneecap.
The surgery includes using a ligament taken from elsewhere in the body or a synthetic replacement. The surgeon reconstructs the MPFL to keep the kneecap in the trochlear groove, preventing dislocation.
After surgery, patients will complete physical therapy for 3 to 6 months to ensure the muscles are strong and stable. Patients can expect to return to unrestricted activities by 6 months to 1 year after surgery.