Physeal Sparing Approaches for MPFL Reconstruction

Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2023 Dec;16(12):598-606. doi: 10.1007/s12178-023-09864-w. Epub 2023 Dec 11.


Purpose of review: To update and concepts for pediatric physeal-sparing patellofemoral stabilization surgery.

Recent findings: Recent studies have demonstrated positive results in patellofemoral stabilization in pediatric populations with physeal-sparing techniques that limit the potential for physeal damage. Comprehensive analysis remains limited by population and technique heterogeneity. Physeal-sparing patellofemoral stabilization, most significantly through physeal-sparing reconstruction of the medial patellofemoral ligament complex remains a viable option for pediatric patients with recurrent patellofemoral instability.

Keywords: MPFL; Patellar instability; Pediatric; Physis.

Publication types

  • Review