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Lateral femoral closing wedge osteotomy in genu varum

November, 1 2021 1 minute read


Matthieu Ollivier, Maxime Fabre-Aubrespy, Grégoire Micicoi, Matthieu Ehlinger, Lukas Hanak & Kristian Kley


Distal femur osteotomy, Surgical technique, Knee, Biplanar, Osteoarthritis, Hinge

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Orthopaedics & Traumatology: Surgery & Research


The distal femoral valgisation osteotomy has a variety of indications due to enhanced understanding of segmental deformities of the lower limb. Historically, an overall varus deformity was corrected at the tibia, and a valgus deformity at the femur. This approach of performing an “all in the tibia” correction for an overall varus can nevertheless lead to abnormal postoperative morphology because it is non-anatomical; creating joint line obliquity, and potentially shear stress on the cartilage. An original lateral femoral closing wedge osteotomy technique is described, allowing the correction of a genu varum of femoral or mixed origin, in the event of an associated tibial valgisation osteotomy. The detailed technique minimizes the risk of a hinge fracture while improving post-operative outcomes.

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