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Sports Med Arthrosc Rev. 2017 Mar;25(1):e1-e7. doi: 10.1097/JSA.0000000000000135.

Why Do Patellofemoral Stabilization Procedures Fail? Keys to Success.

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*Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne ‡Croydon University Hospital, London Road, Croydon §South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre, Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trusts, Surrey, UK †El-Hadara Hospital, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt.


In recent years, surgical interventions for patellofemoral joint instability have gained popularity, possibly revitalized by the recent advances in our understanding of patellofemoral joint instability and the introduction of a number of new surgical procedures. This rise in surgical intervention has brought about various complications. In this review article, we present the complications that are associated with 5 main surgical procedures to stabilize the patella-medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction, tibial tubercle osteotomy, trochleoplasty, lateral release/lateral retinacular lengthening, and derotation osteotomies. The key to success and potential problems with these surgical techniques are highlighted in the form of "expert takeaways."

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