Kneecap removal, or patellectomy, is the partial or total surgical removal of the patella, commonly called the kneecap.
Kneecap removal is performed under three circumstances:
The kneecap is fractured or shattered.
The kneecap dislocates easily and repeatedly.
Degenerative arthritis of the kneecap causes extreme pain.
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The patella, or kneecap, can be the reason your knee hurts if it fails to function properly. There are several different problems that affect the patella - and the groove that it runs through as the knee is bent
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