Revisiting Fulkerson's Original Technique for Tibial Tubercle Transfer: Easing Technical Demand and Improving Versatility

T. J. Ridley, Michael Baer, Jeffrey A. Macalena

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Abstract

Tibial tubercle osteotomy is a well-described treatment option for a variety of patellofemoral disorders. Many techniques have evolved since its inception, including combinations of anteriorization, medialization, and distalization of the tibial tubercle. Although differing in their indications and end goal destination of the tubercle, these techniques share the challenging technical demands of achieving successful correction based off preoperative planning and prevention of intraoperative complications. We present our technique using osteotomy guide pins in a medial to lateral direction, originally described by Fulkerson in 1982. The advantages of our technique include better visualization for angle of osteotomy confirmation; versatility that provides options for any combination of anteriorization, medialization, or distalization; and the opportunity to maintain a distal cortical hinge if so desired.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e1211-e1214
JournalArthroscopy Techniques
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2017

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