Osteotomy for Patellar Tracking Disorder - 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 shinbone (tibia). This procedure is commonly performed for one or a
combination of conditions in which:
- A patella slips sideways (laterally), out of its
vertical track. This is known as lateral patellar malalignment.
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