Distal realignment procedures are those surgical procedures performed below the kneecap in an attempt to better align it in the groove of the underlying femur bone.
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Distal realignment may be performed for recurrent patellar instability, such as recurrent subluxation or dislocation.
Citation: Bayoumi T, van Duijvenbode DC, Benner JL, Boerma-Argelo KDS, Stavenuiter MHJ, van der List JP. Clinical Improvement Is Achieved Following Tibial Tubercle Distomedialization for Patellar Maltracking and Patella Alta Without Instability. Arthrosc Sports Med Rehabil. 2021 Jun 15;3(3):e845-e853. doi: 10.1016/j.asmr.2021.01.027. PMID: 34195653; PMCID: PMC8220615.
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