Facetectomy is an operation to remove one of the facets (flat surfaces) at the back of the kneecap (patella), usually to remove an area of arthritis.


Lateral facetectomy

During knee replacement surgery the lateral facet may be removed to shape the patella better for the prosthesis.



Osteophytes removal in patella versus lateral facetectomy of the patella in patella-retaining total knee arthroplasty Moghtadaei M, Sajadi, MRM, Farahini H and Yeganeh A. Interv Med Appl Sci. 2017 Mar; 9(1): 15–19.

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