Tibial Tubercle Transfer (TTT)Knee surgery for kneecap dislocation and pain
Perth knee surgeon | Orthopaedic surgeon Dr David Colvin - shoulder and knee surgery
Tibial Tubercle Transfer (TTT)Knee surgeon Perth
What is Tibial Tubercle Transfer (TTT)?
Tibial Tubercle Transfer (TTT) is what orthopaedic surgeons call a realignment procedure. Think about how we straighten the knee. The quadriceps muscles on the front of the thigh contract. They pull on the patella, which is connected to the tibia (shin bone) by the patellar tendon, and the knee straightens.
This works well when everything is nicely centred at the front of the knee. Unfortunately, things do not always line up, and when they don't the knee cap tilts to the outside of its groove. This is called a maltracking patella.
About Dr Colvin
Dr. David Colvin, trained in orthopaedic surgery in Perth. David's specialty is knee and shoulder surgery and sports injuries.
Is Tibial Tubercle Transfer the surgery you need?
If the knee cap isn't running smoothly in the centre of the knee, it can be realigned by tibial tubercle transfer. This surgery for knee cap maltracking is also called patellofemoral realignment. You might benefit from TTT if you have:
What is involved in a Tibial Tubercle Transfer procedure?
Firstly, Dr Colvin will do a Knee Arthroscopy to smooth damage to the articular cartilage to perform a lateral release to free up the knee cap.Then the knee cap is centralised by cutting the tibia bone (osteotomy) where the patellar tendon attaches.
This bump of bone just below the patellar is called the tibial tuberosity. It is shifted inwards about one centimetre and repositioned with metal screws. At this time, everything should line up nicely.
In the field of shoulder and knee reconstruction, successful outcomes from an operation are 50% surgery and 50% rehabilitation. You could say the surgery is the easy bit, the rehabilitation is all hard slog. Dr Colvin’s CO.RE exercise programs are just that, a core plan for your successful recovery.
What to expect after Tibial Tubercle Transfer?
Video: Tibial Tubercle Transfer explained by Dr David Colvin, Orthopaedic Surgeon in Perth
Treatment of Patellofemoral Pain
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Subiaco WA 6008