Find out the root cause of your injury to stop it from reoccurring!
The other thing I really want to say to you is that if you have dislocated your patella four times, there are going to be a lot of issues around the hip, or around the foot, or in the core that needs to be dealt with. It is extremely important that during the rehab process you look at fixing what contributed to that injury happening in the first place. I’m assuming that you have quite lax ligaments for the knee cap to be able to dislocate that many times. That is something that you can’t really change, but it will be fixed up a little bit with the surgery. However, if you are having recurrent dislocations there is probably something going on with the stability in your hip and core. So please make sure you work really closely with your therapist, show them the "Will I Ever Dance Again" program, and work carefully through all sections, especially things like the ‘Floor Barre’ section and the ‘Preparation for Jumps’. This is going to be very important for you to work through before you start back dancing again.
I hope that helps! Do make sure you read through the additional information that there is in the Member’s Area. There is so much more information than we could fit on the DVDs and we also keep adding to this all the time.
Good luck with the operation!