Tibial Tubercle Osteotomies: a Review of a Treatment for Recurrent Patellar Instability

Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2018 Jun;11(2):266-271. doi: 10.1007/s12178-018-9482-3.


Purpose of review: The goal of this review is to provide an overview of current surgical treatment options for tibial tubercle osteotomies as a treatment for recurrent patellofemoral instability. As such we sought to provide the reader with the most current answers to why treatment practices have changed and how this has affected the outcome of surgical treatment for patellar instability.

Recent findings: As our understanding of patellofemoral biomechanics have grown, appropriate surgical and non-surgical treatment options have followed suit to address these findings. A clear understanding of the pathomechanics causing the patient's patellar instability is germane to choosing the most appropriate surgical intervention to address this instability. Likewise, understanding the goal of the intervention chosen-e.g., unloading, realignment-is paramount. These surgical techniques may be technically challenging and surgical specialists with experience in these techniques are recommended for optimal outcomes.

Keywords: Patellar instability; Patellofemoral; Patellofemoral pain; Tibial tubercle osteotomy.

Publication types

  • Review