Distale Femurosteotomie in lateraler Open-wedge-Technik

Translated title of the contribution: Distal femoral osteotomy using a lateral opening wedge technique

M. J. Feucht, J. Mehl, P. Forkel, A. B. Imhoff, S. Hinterwimmer

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Objective: To shift the weight-bearing axis of the lower limb medially by opening a lateral-based metaphyseal osteotomy at the distal femur. Indications: Femoral-based valgus malalignment and symptomatic lateral unicompartimental osteoarthritis, lateral hyperpression syndrome, cartilage therapy of the lateral compartment, lateral meniscal replacement/transplantation, medial instability with valgus thrust, reconstruction of the medial collateral ligament, patellar instability and/or maltracking. Contraindications: Advanced cartilage damage (>grade 2) or subtotal meniscal loss of the medial compartment, age >65 years (relative), nicotine abuse, body mass index >30, flexion contracture >25°, corrections with a wedge base >10 mm in case of congenital deformities, inflammatory or septic arthritis, severe osteoporosis. Surgical technique: Lateral approach to the distal femur; biplanar osteotomy (frontal + axial osteotomy), gradual opening of the osteotomy, osteotomy fixation with a locking plate. Postoperative management: Free range of motion. Partial weight bearing with 20 kg for 2 weeks, followed by progressive weight bearing thereafter. Results: Mean improvement of knee scores from 20–30 points and mean 10-year survival rate of 80% in patients with lateral unicompartimental osteoarthritis. Mean complication rate of 9%.

Translated title of the contributionDistal femoral osteotomy using a lateral opening wedge technique
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)320-329
Number of pages10
JournalOperative Orthopadie und Traumatologie
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes


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