Knee Surgery & Related Research 2018 Mar; 30(1): 3-16
Distal Femoral Varus Osteotomy for Valgus Arthritis of the Knees: Systematic Review of Open versus Closed Wedge Osteotomy
Young Chan Kim1,*, Jae-Hyuk Yang2,*, Hyun Jung Kim3, Tulyapruek Tawonsawatruk4, Yong Suk Chang1, Jong Seong Lee5, Nikhil N Bhandare6, Ki Seong Kim7, Giorgio D.G. Delgado8, and Kyung Wook Nha1
1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inje University Ilsan Paik Hospital, Goyang, Korea, 2Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Hanyang University Guri Hospital, Guri, Korea, 3Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul, Korea, 4Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Mahidol University, Ramathibodi Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand, 5Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, KS Hospital, Ansan, Korea, 6Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Bhandare Hospital, Goa, India, 7Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Cheongju St. Mary’s Hosptial, Cheongju, Korea, 8Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of the Philippines, Philippine General Hospital, Manila, Philippines
Correspondence to: Kyung-Wook Nha, MD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inje University Ilsan Paik Hospital, 170 Juhwa-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang 10380, Korea, Tel: +82-31-910-7312, Fax: +82-31-910-7319, E-mail:
Received: October 25, 2016; Revised: December 31, 2016; Accepted: January 12, 2017; Published online: March 1, 2018.
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The purpose of this review is to compare the clinical and radiological outcomes between open and closed wedge distal femoral varus osteotomy (DFO).


A literature search of online databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library database) was made in addition to manual search of major orthopedic journals. Data were searched from the time period of January 1990 to October 2016. A modified Coleman Methodology Score system was used to assess the methodologic quality of the included studies. A total of 20 studies were included in the review. All studies were level IV evidence.


Comparative analysis of open and closed wedge DFO did not demonstrate clinical and radiological differences. The survival rates were also similar. Five studies (56%) on open wedge DFO mentioned the need for either bone grafting or substitute for osteotomy gap filling and reported higher incidences of reoperation for plate removal than the closed wedge DFO studies.


The present systematic review showed similar performance between open and closed wedge DFO. Outcomes including survival rates were not statistically significantly different. However, additional bone grafting or substitutes were often needed to prevent delayed union or nonunion for open wedge techniques. Additional operations for plate removal were commonly required due to plate irritation in both techniques.

Keywords: Knee, Femur, Valgus, Osteotomy

Lateral compartment osteoarthritis in a young patient represents a challenge for the orthopedic surgeon. Realignment osteotomy, such as distal femoral varus osteotomy (DFO), is an established alternative to arthroplasty for the treatment of degenerative or traumatic valgus arthritis of the knee joint1). This procedure aims to reduce pain, slow the rate of progression of arthritis by correcting deformity, offloading the affected compartment, and potentially allowing a return to heavy functional loading24).

Open wedge distal femoral varus osteotomy (OWDFO) and closed wedge distal femoral varus osteotomy (CWDFO) are two main surgical options. It is known that the OWDFO is a good choice for medium or large corrections and is particularly easy to perform and precise. Height restoration is one of the advantages of the procedure; however, the opening gap may necessitate bone grafting and increase the risk of opposite site hinge fracture, which may eventually result in collapse of the osteotomy site5,6). CWDFO heals the osteotomy site faster with a shorter rehabilitation time and there are lower risks of opposite hinge fracture6). However, CWDFO carries technical difficulties7,8). Various results of CWDFO7,913) and OWDFO6,12,1420) have been described in the literature.

The survivorship of DFO may depend on 1) the open vs closed osteotomy, 2) fixation method (staple vs blade plate vs anatomical plate; locking vs non-locking), and 3) the use of bone graft materials etc.16,19,21). To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first review written in English comparing the results of OWDFO and CWDFO. The purpose of this study was to compare the clinical and radiological outcomes including the survivorship and complications between OWDFO and CWDFO. The hypothesis was that CWDFO would have fewer complications with better clinical outcome than OWDFO.


1. Eligibility Criteria

Published studies meeting the selection criteria listed in Table 1 were included in the systematic review.

2. Search Strategy

A literature search of online databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library database) was performed. The following keywords were used for search strategy (which was modified for each database): osteoarthritis, knee, femur, genu valgum, joint deformities, and DFO. The search was performed from January 1990 to October 2016. Next, the references from the included studies were screened, and experts in the field were contacted for help in identifying additional studies. Two independent reviewers selected citations based on the titles and the abstracts. The eligibility of the full papers of those citations for study inclusion was then assessed. In cases where a consensus could not be reached, a third reviewer was consulted.

3. Data Abstraction

Each of the selected studies was evaluated by the two independent reviewers for methodological quality. The following data were extracted from each article: study type, level of evidence, demographic information, prostheses used, surgical details, outcome measures, clinical and radiographic findings, complications, and survival rates. The extracted data were then crosschecked for accuracy. Any disagreements were settled by the third reviewer.

4. Quality Assessment

The methodological quality of the included studies was assessed by the two reviewers using the 10 critical appraisal criteria of the Coleman Methodology Score (CMS). The final scores ranged from 0 to 100, a perfect score (100) indicating a study design that completely avoids the influences of chance, various biases, and confounding factors22).


1. Included Studies

Following the full-text review, 16 studies on DFO were ultimately included in the systematic review. There were 8 studies on OWDFO and 8 studies on CWDFO. A flowchart illustrating the study selection process is provided in Fig. 1. The characteristics of included studies are listed in Table 2. The number of knees included in each study ranged from 6 to 49. The preoperative diagnosis for DFO was lateral osteoarthritis with genu valgum deformity in all studies. All of the included studies except one study23) that did not mention the follow-up period had a minimum follow-up of 2 years. All studies considered conversion to total knee arthroplasty (TKA) as an endpoint for cumulative survival analysis.

2. Quality Assessment

The mean CMS for all included studies was 71 (range, 50 to 79). Each score for each CMS criterion is shown in Table 3.

3. Surgical Intervention and Rehabilitation

Most of the cases in the included studies used either a locking plate or a blade plate to provide strong stability after osteotomy (Table 2). The plate was fixed on the medial side in cases of CWDFO and lateral side in cases of OWDFO. In Navarro and Carneiro23) series, medial CWDFO was performed using the anterior approach and plate fixation on the lateral side. For the gap filling material after OWDFO, a majority of the studies used autologous bone graft while allografts6,19) or calcium phosphates were used in the rest18). Saithna et al.16) mentioned that the gap was filled only if the gap size was over 12 mm in their OWDFO series. Bone grafting was not done in one study14). In CWDFO series, most studies did not use additional bone graft material. Two studies mentioned the use of morcellized bone grafting which was obtained from the resected bone wedge11,24). The postoperative weight bearing permit time is demonstrated in Table 4. Generally, weight bearing was delayed for OWDFO by 2–4 weeks compared to CWDFO.

4. Clinical Outcomes

The clinical outcomes are provided in Table 5. All but one study23) reported clinical outcome. Various knee scoring systems were used for clinical assessment including Knee Society score (KSS, the French version), modified KSS, Hospital of Special Surgery score, Oxford knee score, Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome score (pain, symptoms, and function in daily living, knee-related quality of life, and function in sport and recreation), International Knee Documentation Committee score, Lysholm, Tegner, and Short Form 36. All series showed improvement in clinical scores after DFO.

5. Radiological Outcomes

The radiological outcomes are provided in Table 6. Seventeen of the 20 studies reported radiological outcome. Kosashivili et al.11) did not report the radiological results. Navarro and Carneiro23) only reported the joint line obliquity value, and Stahelin et al.25) reported the mean angular correction after CWDFO. The reported parameters were mechanical femoral axis, mechanical tibia axis, mechanical femoro-tibial axis, lateral distal femoral angle, tibiofemoral angle, mechanical axis, weight bearing line, leg length discrepancy (LLD), and patella-related parameters. All studies demonstrated improvement toward neutral-to-varus alignment after DFO. According to few studies6,26), there were minimal impact on the patella. The LLD was not a significant factor after OWDFO17). The mean radiological bone union time was between 3–6 months for OWDFO14,19) and around 4 months for CWDFO13,26).

6. Complications and Survivorship

Complications of both procedures are shown in Table 7. Among various complications, plate irritation needing a removal procedure was reported in up to 12/14 cases (86%) in an OWDFO study20). On the contrary, the incidence of plate removal was low in CWDFO series beside one study reporting 16/23 cases (70%)21). One study27) reported 3/13 cases (13%) of delayed union in their OWDFO series. The incidence of other complications, such as loss of correction, nonunion, infection, and fractures, did not differ between OWDFO and CWDFO. The survivorship (TKA as endpoint) was reported in some studies (Table 7). There was no notable difference in survivorship between OWDFO and CWDFO.


The important finding of this systematic review is that the clinical and radiological outcome including the survival rate did not significantly differ between OWDFO and CWDFO contrary to our initial hypothesis.

It has been known that OWDFO is effective for medium or large corrections and particularly easy to perform and allows for precise control of the correction amount5,6). By contrary, CWDFO is known to be technically more difficult than OWDFO because the surgeon is very reliant on the accuracy of preoperative planning and bony resection16). However, differences in the improvement of postoperative radiological alignment between OWDFO and CWDFO series were not demonstrated in this study. The reason may be multifactorial and include improvement of surgical techniques for CWDFO. Compared to CWDFO techniques, however, the main concern for OWDFO techniques is the inferior mechanical stability28) at the osteotomy site as well as the longer healing time of the defect. In a previous biomechanical study on axial and torsional stability after supracondylar osteotomies, the least amount of motion and highest stiffness were measured in medial oblique CW osteotomy fixated with an angled blade plate. The lateral OW techniques resulted in less stability and lower stiffness than the medial CW osteotomy28). Both of these factors are considered to work in favor when direct bone-to-bone apposition is obtained as in a CW technique. To overcome the concern, addition of bone substitute in the osteotomy gap or iliac cortico-cancellous bone graft has been performed in a majority of OWDFO series6,18,19,29).

The cumulative survival of DFO series should be noted. Saithna et al.16) reported 79% at 5 years and Madelaine et al.17) reported an even higher rate of 91.4% at 5 years in their OWDFO series. Likewise, Backstein et al.9) reported 82% at 10 years and 45% at 15 years in their recent CWDFO series. Finkelstein et al.10) previously reported 83% at 4 years and 64% cumulative survival at 10 years. Although heterogeneity between studies may prevent further statistical analyses, the survivorship figures were favorable for both OWDFO and CWDFO series with similar performance.

On the surgical aspect of the procedures, the OWDFO technique allows fine-tuning of deformity correction with application of an opening device such as a laminar spreader until the desired angle is achieved. By contrast, in a CW osteotomy, the surgeon is very reliant on the preoperative plan for accuracy of bony resection; however, precise resection of a wedge is technically difficult although not demonstrated in this study.

The choice of implant is an important consideration. Edgerton et al.7) reported 17/24 patients (70%) complications including 7 cases of delayed union or non-union by using staples for fixation. Stahelin et al.25) used a malleable semitubular plate. They modified the conventional tubular plate into a fixed angle blade plate to improve the mechanics of fixation. They suggested that the strong fixation device is one of critical factors for successful outcome. Although the studies using the Puddu plate (Arthrex, Naples, FL, USA)6,18) did not demonstrate inferior results compared to the studies using the blade plate (Synthes, Oberdorf, Switzerland) or the locking TomoFix plate (Synthes), it has been recommended to use these devices with greater axial and torsional stability30). In contrast to the tibial bone, the femur has a longer lever arm with more rotational force applied requiring more stable plate configuration than the previously used or currently used implants for high tibial osteotomy. Improving plate stability will also facilitate rapid rehabilitation shortening the non-weight bearing or partial weight bearing period.

Evaluation of the type of graft (i.e., autograft vs. allograft or synthetic materials) among the OW osteotomy studies was limited due to the heterogeneity of graft choice. Given the wide variability, no conclusions can be drawn on the optimal graft choice for OW osteotomies.

The rehabilitation protocols differed among studies. Generally, weight bearing is delayed for OWDFO by 2–4 weeks than CWDFO. Complication rates following DFO may also be influenced by the rehabilitation regimen used because early loading may increase the risk of loss of fixation. The most frequent complication reported was secondary operation due to plate prominence both for OWDFO and CWDFO series. Jacobi et al. reported an 12/14 cases (86%) reoperation rate for removal of the TomoFix plate in their OWDFO series20). They suggested that plate prominence caused friction on the iliotibial band20). Although Forkel et al.21) also demonstrated a high rate of additional operations for plate removal in their CWDFO series, the incidence of plate irritation was low due to bulky muscle tissue on the medial thigh. Before the development of a low profile plate with strong stability, patients should be aware preoperatively that an additional operation may be necessary after OWDFO.

Recently, a few systematic review articles have been published31,32). Saithna et al.32) included 6 case series and demonstrated poor reporting and heterogeneity among studies that precluded any statistical analysis. They commented that DFO is a technically demanding procedure and requires a significant period of rehabilitation. Overall, they concluded that DFO is a potential option for valgus osteoarthritis considering the long-term survivorship and good function. Chahla et al.31) performed a systematic review that included 14 studies. All were retrospective studies with good to excellent patient-reported outcomes. They also noted that the included literature demonstrated heterogeneity, but DFO is a viable treatment option to delay or reduce the need for joint arthroplasty.

Limitations of this systematic review should be noted. First, due to the rarity of DFO, the articles included a small number of patients. Further correlation among clinical scores, radiological parameters, demographics, and other variables, such as the choice of implant, could not be assessed. Second, due to the heterogeneity nature of the included studies, meta-analysis could not be performed. Third, only retrospective case series without control group were included and thus there is possibility that the pooled analyses are biased. However, a prospective study comparing OWDFO versus CWDFO is difficult to justify from an ethical point of view. Longer follow-up studies are required for definitive conclusions.

The present systematic review suggests that OWDFO and CWDFO show similar performance. Clinical and radiological outcome including survival rates did not statistically differ in the included studies. However, additional bone grafting or substitutes are often needed to prevent delayed union or nonunion for OW techniques. An additional operation for plate removal is commonly required in both techniques.

Conflict of Interest

No potential conflict of interest relevant to this article was reported.

Fig. 1. PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses) flow diagram. DFVO: distal femoral varus osteotomy.

Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion criteriaExclusion criteria
Studies involving patients who received opening wedge or closed wedge distal femoral osteotomyOsteotomy other than medial opening or lateral closing (e.g. “V-shape”, dome, chevron osteotomy, etc.)
Medial or lateral plate fixation for DFOOther device (external fixator or staple) for DFO
Articles written in EnglishArticles written in language other than English
Human in vivo studiesAnimal in vivo and human in vitro studies
Between level I and level IV studiesTechnical notes, letters to the editor, biomechanical reports, or review articles

DFO: distal femoral varus osteotomy.

Characteristics of Included Studies

AuthorYearDFOFixationOsteotomy typeOsteotomy gap management (bone graft)Age at DFO (yr), mean (range)CountryNo. of knees (M/F)Mean duration of F/U (range)
Ekeland et al.27)2016OpeningPuddu plate (non-locking)UniplaneIliac crest autograft43 (31–62)Norway24 (11/13)7.9 (4.0–10.2 yr)
Cameron et al.19)2015OpeningDynaFix (Biomet), 15 Puddu plate (Arthrex), 3 Puddu plate (Arthrex; non-locking)UniplaneIliac crest autograft alone, 5; allograft alone, 3; both auto- and allograft, 1141 (SD, 9)Canada19 (7/12)4 (2–12 yr)
Saithna et al.16)2014OpeningLocking femoral Puddu plate (Arthrex), locking TomoFix-DFO (Synthes)UniplaneBone graft not used unless gap >12 mm41 (28–58)United Kingdom21 (12/9)4.5 (1.6–9.2 yr)
Madelaine et al.17)2014OpeningBlade plate (Synthes, non-locking)UniplaneTricortical iliac autograft44.4 (33.1–55.7)France29 (12/17)80.2±50.6 mo
Dewilde et al.18)2013OpeningPuddu plate (Arthrex, nonlocking)Uniplanecalcium phosphate cement (Biobon)47 (30–51)Belgium16 (N/A)68 (31–127 mo)
Thein et al.6)2012OpeningPuddu plate (Arthrex, nonlocking)UniplaneTricortical iliac crest allograft46.7±10.7Israel6 (1/5)6.5±1.5 yr
Zarrouk et al.14)2010OpeningSterelitzia-type 95° blade plate (n=21), blade plate (Synthes; n=1, non-locking)UniplaneNo bone graft53 (27–66)Tunisia22 (7/13)54 (36–132 mo)
Jacobi et al.20)2010OpeningTomoFix-DFO (Synthes, locking)UniplaneN/A46 (28–63)Switzerland14 (8/6)45 mo
Marin Morales et al.12)2000OpeningBlade plate (Synthes, n=13), straight plate (n=4, non-locking)UniplaneN/A55 (50–72)Spain19 (5/12)6.5 (2–15 yr)
Forkel et al.21)2014ClosingTomoFix-DFO (Synthes)UniplaneNone47 (25–55)Germany23 (6/17)13.6 yr
Kosashivili et al.11)2010Closing90° offset blade plate (Synthes, non-locking)UniplaneBone graft from resected bone wedge45.5 (24–63)Canada33 (23/8)15.1 (10–25 yr)
Omidi-Kashani et al.26)2009Closing90° offset blade plate (Synthes, non-locking)UniplaneNone23.3 (17–41)Iran23 (4/12)16.3 (8–25 mo)
Backstein et al.9)2007Closing90° offset blade plate (Synthes, non-locking)UniplaneNone44.1 (10–67)Israel38 (10/28)123 (39–245 mo)
Wang and Hsu13)2005Closing90° offset blade plate (Synthes, non-locking)UniplaneNone53 (31–64)Taiwan30 (2/28)99 (61–169 mo)
Navarro and Carneiro23)2004Closing90° offset blade plate (Synthes), fixation from lateral side (non-locking)UniplaneNone49.5 (17–77)Brazil26 (4/18)N/A
Stahelin et al.25)2000ClosingMalleable semitubular plate (AO, non-locking)UniplaneNone57 (39–71)Switzerland21 (9/10, 2 bilateral)5 (2–12 yr)
Healy et al.4)1998Closing90° offset blade plate (AO, non-locking)UniplaneNone56 (19–70)USA23 (5/18)4 (2–9 yr)
Cameron et al.29)1997Closing90° offset blade plate (Synthes, non-locking)UniplaneNone60 (23–84)Canada49 (15/34)3.5 (1–7 yr)
Finkelstein et al.10)1996Closing90° offset blade plate (Synthes, non-locking)UniplaneNone56 (27–77)Canada21 (6/15)133 (97–240 mo)
McDermott et al.24)1988ClosingBlade plate (non-locking)UniplaneBone graft from resected bone wedge53 (22–74)Canada24 (4/20)4 (2–11.5 yr)

DFO: distal femoral osteotomy, F/U: follow-up, SD: standard deviation, N/A: not applicable, AO: arbeitsgemeinschaft für osteosynthesefragen.

Coleman Scores for Each Selected Article

AuthorYearPart APart BTotal score

Study sizeMean follow-upNo. of different surgical procedures included in each reported outcomeType of studyDiagnostic certaintyDescription of surgical procedurePostoperative rehabilitationOutcome criteriaProcedureDescription of subject selection process
Ekeland et al.27)2016451010550781569
Cameron et al.19)20154210055107121570
Saithna et al.16)20144510105510781579
Madelaine et al.17)20144510105510781579
Dewilde et al.18)2013051005510781565
Thein et al.6)20124510105510781579
Zarrouk et al.14)20104510055010121566
Jacobi et al.20)201005100550731550
Marin Morales et al.12)2000057105501081565
Forkel et al.21)20144510105510781579
Kosashivili et al.11)2010451005510731564
Omidi-Kashani et al.26)20094210105510781576
Backstein et al.9)20074510055107121573
Wang and Hsu13)2005451005510781574
Navarro and Carneiro23)20044010105507121568
Stahelin et al.25)20000010105510781570
Healy et al.4)1998401005510781564
Cameron et al.29)1997751010550781572
Finkelstein et al.10)19964510105510781579
McDermott et al.24)1988401005510781564

Rehabilitation (Weight Bearing Period)

AuthorYearDFOPartial weight bearingFull weight bearing
Ekeland et al.27)2016OpeningToe touch immediately postoperatively and increasing weight bearing after 6 weeksFew weeks later depending on healing of the osteotomy
Cameron et al.19)2015OpeningToe touch for 6 weeks then partial weight bearingStart between 8–16 weeks
Saithna et al.16)2014OpeningToe touch for 4 weeks followed by partial weight bearing for another 4 weeks
Madelaine et al.17)2014OpeningAfter 8 weeks
Dewilde et al.18)2013OpeningNon-weight bearing for 4 weeks then partial weight bearingStart after 8 weeks
Thein et al.6)2012OpeningNon-weight bearing for 6 weeksStart after 12 weeks
Zarrouk et al.14)2010OpeningWeight bearing after 3 months
Jacobi et al.20)2010OpeningN/A
Marin Morales et al.12)2000OpeningN/A
Forkel et al.21)2014ClosingFor 6 weeks
Kosashivili et al.11)2010ClosingFrom 6–8 weeks, until then non-weight bearing
Omidi-Kashani et al.26)2009ClosingFrom 6–8 weeksFrom 3 months
Backstein et al.9)2007ClosingFrom 6–8 weeksFrom 3 months
Wang and Hsu13)2005ClosingFrom 6–8 weeksFrom 3 months
Navarro and Carneiro23)2004ClosingN/A
Stahelin et al.25)2000ClosingFor 8 weeksN/A
Healy et al.4)1988ClosingFor 6 weeksFrom 3 months
Cameron et al.29)1997ClosingN/A
Finkelstein et al.10)1996ClosingFrom 6–8 week
McDermott et al.24)1988ClosingAfter 6 weeks

DFO: distal femoral osteotomy, N/A: not applicable.

Clinical Outcome

AuthorYearDFOKnee Society scoreHSS soreOxford knee soreKOOSIKDCIKSLysholmTegnerShort Form 36

French versionModifiedPainSexADLQOLSport
Ekeland et al.27)2016OpeningN/AN/AN/AN/A53/7251/6267/7929/5819/42N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Cameron et al.19)2015OpeningN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A47 (SD, 15)/67 (SD, 10)N/AN/AN/AN/A
Saithna et al.16)2014OpeningN/AN/AN/AN/A49.1 (14–97)/70.3 (39–94)45.3 (11–100)/57.5 (32–86)62.7 (21–99)/73.9 (43–100)33.5 (13–100)/42 (6–75)23.7 (0–90)/32.7 (0–95)36.4 (10.3–51.7)/52.6 (20.7–94.3)N/A48.5 (18–100)/54 (31–92)2.8 (1–6)/3.2 (1–9)79.8 (61.1–107.2)/88.7 (65–105.9)
Madelaine et al.17)2014Opening80.5±19/65.8±21.3 Functional score 50.4±14.6/68.5±27.6N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Dewilde et al.18)2013OpeningN/A43±8/78±23N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Thein et al.6)2012OpeningN/AN/AN/A13.1±8.6/26±12.5N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Zarrouk et al.14)2010OpeningN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A49.28 (14–70)/74.23 (41–92) Functional score 50.68 (30–80)/72.85 (40–90)N/AN/AN/A
Jacobi et al.20)2010OpeningN/AN/AN/AN/A36±20/76±2446±28/79±1851±26/84±1712±9/51±2812±10/55±30N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Marin Morales et al.12)2000OpeningN/AN/A47.5 (36–67)/83.3 (57–97)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Forkel et al.21)2014ClosingN/AN/AN/AN/A55±34/90±1054±10/88±954±29/90±939±39/83±1049±39/80±19N/AN/AN/A3.5±1.1/4.2±1.1N/A
Kosashvili et al.11)2010ClosingN/A36.8/77.5N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Omidi-Kashani et al.26)2009ClosingN/AN/A90.7 (77–96)/98.13 (93–100)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Backstein et al.9)2007ClosingN/A18 (0–74)/87.2 (50–100) Functional score 54 (0–100)/85.6 (40–100)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Wang and Hsu13)2005ClosingN/AN/A46 (20–63)/88 (65–99)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Navarro and Carneiro23)2004ClosingN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Stahelin et al.25)2000ClosingN/AN/A65 (56–70)/84 (61–100)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Healy et al.4)1998ClosingN/AN/A65 (42–100)/86 (36–100)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Cameron et al.29)1997ClosingN/APreop score, not recorded; postop score, 84.8±18.5 (functional 64.5±21.5)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Finkelstein et al.10)1996ClosingN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
McDermott et al.24)1988ClosingN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

Values are presented as mean±standard deviation and preoperative/postoperative score (range).

DFO: distal femoral osteotomy, HSS: Hospital for Special Surgery, KOOS: Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome score (pain, symptoms, function in daily living, knee-related quality of life, function in sport and recreation), IKDC: International Knee Documentation Committee, IKS: International Knee Score, ADL: activites of daily living, QOL: knee-related quality of life, N/A: not applicable, SD: standard deviation, Preop: preoperative, Postop: postoperative.

Radiological Results

AuthorYearDFOmFA (°)mTA (°)mFTA (°)LDFA (°)Tibiofemoral angle (°)MA (°)WBL (%)Angular correction (°)Intraop correction (mm)Insall-Salvati indexPatella congruency angle (°)LLDJoint line obliquityRadiological bone union
Ekeland et al.27)2016OpeningN/AN/AN/AN/A11.5 (7–20)/2.0 (3–7)N/AN/A9.6 (4–20)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A75% healed in 3 mo and 100% healed in 6 mo
Cameron et al.19)2015OpeningN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AValgus 7±4/varus 2±4N/AN/A10±2N/AN/AN/AN/A6 mo
Saithna et al.16)2014OpeningN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A75 (60–90)/37 (10–58)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Madelaine et al.17)2014Opening97.4±3.7/90±2.290.4±2/90±2.2187.8±3.5/180.4±2.6N/AN/AN/AN/A8.3±2.3N/AN/AN/A−0.7±1.1/–0.6±1.1N/AN/A
Dewilde et al.18)2013OpeningN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AValgus 5.3±2.5/varus 1.3±4N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Thein et al.6)2012OpeningN/AN/AN/AN/A13.5±4.1/1.6±2.1N/AN/AN/AN/A1.1±0.1/1.1±0.1N/AN/AN/AN/A
Zarrouk et al.14)2010OpeningN/AN/A194.5 (188–198)/181.5 (177–186)69.63/81 (75–87)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A14 (12–20 wk)
Jacobi et al.20)2010OpeningN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A5.8±0.6 (3–9)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Marin Morales et al.12)2000OpeningN/AN/AN/AN/A16 (10–27)/1 (−10–8)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Forkel et al.21)2014ClosingN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A77.3±11.6/42.6±4.4N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Kosashvili et al.11)2010ClosingN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Omidi-Kashani et al.26)2009ClosingN/AN/AN/AN/A20.3±4.2/0.13±2.9N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A14.8±7.2/1.48±3.8N/AN/A4.1 (2–6 mo)
Backstein et al.9)2007ClosingN/AN/AN/AN/A11.6 (4–15)/1.2 (0–5)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Wang and Hsu13)2005ClosingN/AN/AN/AN/A18.2 (12–27)/1.2 (−6–10)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A4.7 (3–9 mo)
Navarro and Carneiro23)2004ClosingN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A5N/AN/AN/AN/A+3.1/−2N/A
Stahelin et al.25)2000ClosingN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A1.7 (0–4)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Cameron et al.29)1997ClosingN/AN/AN/AN/A13 (7–23)/1.0 (8–10)N/AN/A11.8±4N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Finkelstein et al.10)1996ClosingN/AN/AN/AN/A1.7 (0–3)/10N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
McDermott et al.24)1988ClosingN/AN/AN/AN/A0 degree, 18; 2–8 varus degree, 4; 6 valgus degree, 2N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

Values are presented as mean±standard deviation and preoperative/postoperative (range).

DFO: distal femoral osteotomy, mFA: mechanical femoral axis, mTA: mechanical tibial axis, mFTA: mechanical femoro-tibial axis, LDFA: lateral distal femoral angle, MA: mechanical axis, WBL: weight bearing line, Intraop: intraoperative, LLD: leg length discrepancy, +: medial inclincation, −: lateral inclincation, N/A: not applicable.

Complications and Survivorship

AuthorYearNo. of casesF/U period (range)Plate irritation (removal)Loss of correctionNon-unionDelayed unionInfectionFractureOthersConversion to TKASurvivorship (TKA as endpoint)
Ekeland et al.27)2016247.9 (4.0–10.2 yr)3 (13)02One patient with antecurvation after fall injury and 1 patient of arthroscopic adhesiolysis for reduced flexion6 (25)88% at 5 yr and 74% at 10 yr
Cameron et al.19)2015194 (2–12 yr)3 (16)01 (5)00Four additional arthroscopic surgeries for persistent symptoms5 (26)74% at 5 yr
Saithna et al.16)2014214.5 (1.6–9.2 yr)10 (48)2 (10)1 (5)1 (5)Two additional arthroscopic surgeries for persistent symptoms4 (19)79% at 5 yr
Madelaine et al.17)20142980.2±50.6 mo23 (79)2 (7)1 (3)One case of Judet's arthromyolysis for stiffness5 (17)91.4% at 5 yr
Dewilde et al.18)20131668 (31–127 mo)4 (25)1 (6)2 (13)82% at 7 yr
Thein et al.6)201266.5±1.5 yr000000N/A
Zarrouk et al.14)20102254 (36–132 mo)N/A
Jacobi et al.20)20101445 mo12 (86)1 (7)N/A
Marin Morales et al.12)2000196.5 (2–15 yr)2 (11)01 (5)N/A
Forkel et al.21)20142313.6 yr16 (70)1 (4)00N/A
Kosashvili et al.11)20103315.1 (10–25 yr)1 (3)15 (45)N/A
Omidi-Kashani et al.26)20092316.3 yr (8–25 mo)1 (4)One patient with plate revision after fall injuryN/A
Backstein et al.9)200738123 (39–245 mo)12 (32)82% at 10 yr and 45% at 15 yr
Wang and Hsu13)20053099 (61–169 mo)1 (3)1 (3)1 (3)3 (10)87% at 10 yr
Navarro and Carneiro23)200426N/AN/A
Stahelin et al.25)2000195 (2–12 yr)11Two hematoma and one popliteal vein thrombosis (conservative treatment)
Healy et al.4)1998234 (2–9 yr)321One patient with manipulation, two additional arthroscopic surgeries for persistent symptoms at lateral joint2N/A
Cameron et al.29)1997493.5 (1–7 yr)1 (2)6 (12)0One patient with derotational osteotomy (15 degrees of external rotational deformity developed after DFO) and 14 additional arthroscopic surgeries for persistent symptoms5 (10)87% at 7 yr
Finkelstein et al.10)199621133 (97–240 mo)1 (5)1 (5)One patient with stiffness underwent manipulation under anesthesia7 (33)64% at 10 yr
McDermott et al.24)1988244 (2–11.5 yr)1One patient with plate revision after fixation failureN/AN/A

Values are presented as mean±standard deviation or number (%).

F/U: follow-up, TKA: total knee arthroplasty, N/A: not applicable, DFO: distal femoral osteotomy.

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