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This is a multi-center, randomized controlled clinical trial, the purpose of which is to determine if skeletally immature patients who undergo medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction have lower rates of recurrent instability compared to those treated non-operatively. The MPFL is a ligament that stabilizes the kneecap, and maintains its proper position in the groove on the femur (thighbone). Instability refers to a situation in which the kneecap moves out of place, or dislocates. When instability is recurrent, it occurs more than once in the same knee.
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The purpose of this study is to compare the safety and efficacy of (1) non-operative treatment, (2) isolated Medial Patellofemoral Ligament (MPFL) reconstruction, and (3) ‘à la carte’ surgical approach to treat patellar instability. Enrollment will take place over one year at 12 sports centers. Outcomes would be assessed at 6, 12, 24 and 60 months, including assessment of function, activity level, quality of life and complications.
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