Topic Overview

An osteotomy is a surgery that involves cutting the bone. When a patellar tracking disorder is caused by a structural or alignment problem, an osteotomy can be an effective treatment option.

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A tibial tubercle osteotomy moves and reinserts the patellar tendon into the shin bone (tibia). This procedure is commonly done for one or a combination of conditions in which:

  • A patella slips sideways (laterally), out of its normal location.
  • An excessively long patellar tendon allows the patella to slide too high on the knee joint (patella alta).

A tibial tubercle osteotomy is often combined with a lateral release.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Patrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedic Surgery

Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015