Patellar dislocation: arthroscopic patellar stabilization with anchor sutures

Arthroscopy. 2004 Sep;20(7):761-4. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2004.06.010.


There are many procedures to treat recurrent patellar subluxations and dislocations. Most of these procedures are open repairs for acute conditions or open reconstructions for chronic conditions, and both surgeries need large skin incisions. Although there are many arthroscopic procedures for meniscal and ligament injuries, there are very few arthroscopic procedures described for patellofemoral instability. In this report, we describe a new arthroscopic method to stabilize the patella for acute dislocation. Our technique includes an arthroscopic lateral release and a medial structure repair. We suggest that this procedure is minimally invasive and easier than traditional open procedures. Moreover, this may prevent patients from developing chronic instability of the patellofemoral joint.

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Arthroscopy / methods*
  • Athletic Injuries / surgery
  • Humans
  • Joint Instability / surgery
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures
  • Patellar Dislocation / surgery*
  • Recurrence
  • Suture Techniques* / instrumentation