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The clinical and radiological results of individualized surgical treatment depending on pathologic abnormalities in recurrent patellar dislocation: low recurrence rate, but unintended patella baja

Byung Hoon Lee, Do Kyung Lee, Russel Haque, Seung Hoon Kang, Jun Ho Kim, Joon Ho Wang



To evaluate the clinical and radiological outcomes and chondral lesion change using individualized surgery for recurrent patellar dislocation.


A total of 31 knees with recurrent patellar dislocation underwent surgery depending on individual pathologic abnormalities. Pathologic abnormalities including medial laxity, lateral tightness, increased tibial tuberosity (TT)-to-trochlear groove distance (>20 mm), and patella alta (Caton–Deschamps ratio >1.2) were evaluated in each patient. The abnormalities were corrected through medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction, TT distalization, TT anteromedialization, and lateral retinacula release. The mean follow-up period was 33 months.


There was one recurrent case (3.2%), requiring additional surgery. The mean Kujala scores were significantly (P = 0.002) improved from 75.8 (SD 12.4) to 84.6 (SD 13.1). Tegner scores were significantly improved from 3.7 (range 1–9) to 5.4 (range 2–9) (P < 0.001), as were and visual analogue scale pain scores from 4.7 (SD 2.5) to 2.6 (SD 2.2) (P = 0.001). Caton–Deschamps ratio was significantly decreased from 1.1 (SD 0.2) to 0.9 (SD 0.1) (P < 0.001), regardless of TT distalization. Chondral lesions of the patella and trochlear groove were improved or maintained in 57.1 and 71.4% of patients, respectively.


Individualized surgery in recurrent patellar dislocation was effective and safe with a low recurrence rate. However, the possibility of unintended patella baja, which might be related to post-operative anterior knee pain, should be considered.

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Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00167-017-4697-1

DOI: 10.1007/s00167-017-4697-1

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