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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 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.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: January 23, 2013
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