The Role of Osteotomy

  • Annunziato Amendola
  • Michelle Wolcott


Reconstruction of the multiple ligament injured knee can be challenging owing to the many factors necessary to achieve a stable, functional joint. The task of assessing limb alignment and malalignment has been largely ignored in the multiple ligament injured knee, and reconstruction has focused on soft tissue constraints. Although it has been shown that joint alignment plays a critical role in the development of arthritis and overload syndromes, osteotomy to control instability has been a controversial subject. Recent evidence suggests that joint alignment may be just as important in maintaining joint stability, particularly in cases of chronic ligamentous injury. Over time, untreated malalignment can worsen ligamentous laxity and lead to symptomatic chronic instability. In the case of the ACL-deficient knee, for example, varus malalignment can be overemphasized as internal rotation of the tibia places more stress on the lateral structures. This deformity can then be manifested as a posterolateral thrust upon ambulation. Malalignment in the coronal or sagittal plane may be a significant contributing factor in the success of reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). This chapter discusses the role of osteotomy in these unstable knees as a means of ensuring success in the long-term outcome of ligamentous reconstruction.


Posterior Cruciate Ligament High Tibial Osteotomy Tibial Slope Anterior Tibial Translation Wedge Osteotomy 
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  • Michelle Wolcott

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