Quadriceps Tendon Lengthening for Obligatory (Habitual) Patellar Dislocation in Flexion.
Obligatory patella dislocation in flexion is an uncommon form of patellar instability, where the patella is located in extension and dislocates with every episode of knee flexion. This results in dramatically altered patellofemoral kinematics and can be extremely debilitating due to extensor strength deficits and lack of knee confidence in flexion. Concomitant pathology, which is often seen, includes a tight lateral retinaculum and a shortened extensor mechanism. Lengthening the extensor mechanism is a critical part of successful patellar stabilization, and has not been well-reported. Herein, we present a technique of quadriceps lengthening for the treatment of obligatory patellar dislocation.
Hinckel BB, Baumann CA, Arendt EA, Gobbi RG, Garrone AJ, Voss E, et al Quadriceps tendon lengthening for obligatory (habitual) patellar dislocation in flexion. Arthrosc Tech. 2022 Aug 17;11(9):e1589-e1595. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2022.05.003. PMID: 36185121.