Comprehensive information about patellar surgery

In order to correct a misalignment of the patella, orthopaedic surgeons use a technique pioneered by Blauth. As part of the surgery, the patellar tendon is moved inward on the tibia.

Patellar misalignment can often be the cause of repeated patellar dislocations. Since the risk of cartilage damage in these cases is high, the Blauth technique is recommended for many patients that experience this problem. This type of patellar surgery reduces the risk of future dislocations and will also minimise the chances of developing osteoarthritis.

The Blauth Technique

The Blauth technique is a type of knee surgery that involves removing the patellar tendon from its location on the tibia and transferring it inwards, ultimately fixing it in place with the help of screws. This will cause the patella to remain in a better position, offering better movement. Dislocations at this point are very unlikely. A few months after the operation, the screws initially used to bind the tendon to the tibia may need to be removed, as a small restriction in range of movement can occur. Caution must be taken when operating on patients with leg deformities, as this type of surgery may increase pressure on certain parts of the knee joint. It may also cause a more rapid deterioration in a patient with bowlegs.


The operative technique developed by Blauth is only used when a lateral retinacular release is unsuccessful. You certainly want to minimise the negative effects of knee surgery, as well as to spend more time than necessary in hospital. If you are experiencing any problems with your kneecap, contact an orthopaedic specialist as soon as possible for advice.

Professor Lill is a renowned specialist for patellar conditions of all kinds and in performing the relevant surgery. This surgeon from Munich will be glad to work with you in determining the most appropriate treatment option that will provide the best chances of a full recovery. Schedule an appointment with him now!