ABSTRACT: The valgus osteoarthritic knee is challenging technically and numerous methods for creating symmetric flexion and extension
gaps during knee arthroplasty have been proposed and no consensus exists about the optimal technique.
The medial approach has many disadvantages that include patellar problems and so we adopted a lateral capsular access, with
elevation of the tibial tubercle, in 43 knees that have been excellent/good knee scores in 89% with 29 cruciate-retaining
Surgical technique is direct, the lateral release is performed as part of the approach, patello-femoral tracking is optimized,
medial blood preserved and fixed external tibial rotation deformities spontaneous correction is an additional benefit.
I suggest this technique in: valgus knees> 10°–12° on the mechanical axis or with fixed external tibial rotation deformities
or patellar-femoral major disorders or previous longitudinal lateral scars.
Archivio di Ortopedia e Reumatologia 04/2012; 120(2):14-17.