The fat pad is an area of fatty tissue below the patella (kneecap) and behind the patellar tendon.

It fills the space between the patellar tendon and the cruciate ligaments in the middle of the knee, and has a cushioning effect in this space.


Fat Pad Library

Library of excerpts from the medical literature about Hoffa's Fat Pad, with links to PubMed

Fat pad syndrome

A syndrome is a collection of signs and symptoms that tend to occur in association.

The patella - important anatomical relationships

The kneecap or patella is part of a chain of structures that help to straighten the knee.