In recent years, surgical interventions for patellofemoral joint instability have gained popularity, possibly revitalized by the recent advances in our understanding of patellofemoral joint instability and the introduction of a number of new surgical procedures. This rise in surgical intervention has brought about various complications. In this review article, we present the complications that are associated with 5 main surgical procedures to stabilize the patella-medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction, tibial tubercle osteotomy, trochleoplasty, lateral release/lateral retinacular lengthening, and derotation osteotomies. The key to success and potential problems with these surgical techniques are highlighted in the form of “expert takeaways.”
*Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne
‡Croydon University Hospital, London Road, Croydon
§South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre, Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trusts, Surrey, UK
†El-Hadara Hospital, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest.
Reprints: Nick Caplan, PhD, BSc, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Northumbria University, Northumberland Building, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, UK