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What does my MRI report mean? " Focal full thickness lateral patellofemoral cartilage loss "

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Expert:  Dr. Mukesh Tiwari replied 4 Days.

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Our patella or knee-cap bone has lateral & medial articular surfaces which articulates with our thigh bone at the knee joint.The present sentence of your MRI REPORT ' Focal full thickness lateral patellofemoral cartilage loss ' does mean that there is a complete disappearance of the whole thickness of soft covering which covers the lateral articular aspect of patella bone.This has bared the area over the lateral articular aspect of patella bone.
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Patient replied :

Thanks for the response. What are the treatment options for this condition? I am only 33 .

Expert:  Dr. Mukesh Tiwari replied 3 Days.

There are the different type of cartilage surgeries for this condition where a surgeon can either debride the affected area or can replace a lost cartilage from new cartilage within the joint.You should consult your orthopedic surgeon for this.
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Patient replied :

Thank you! Last question, is a knee replacement sometimes an option for this type of condition? I had a tibial osteotomy 15 years ago.

Expert:  Dr. Mukesh Tiwari replied 2 Days.

At your age knee replacement is not a option for this problem.

Dr. Mukesh Tiwari
Category: Spine Surgeon
Fellowship - Khandaka Hospital, Jaipur
Residency - MS, Rabindranath Tagore Medical College, Udaipur, 2000
Medical School, Internship - MBBS, SMS Medical College, Jaipur, 1995
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