International Orthopaedics

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 249–254 | Cite as

Distal femoral varus osteotomy for lateral osteoarthritis of the knee: a minimum ten-year follow-up

  • Yona KosashviliEmail author
  • Oleg Safir
  • Allan Gross
  • Guy Morag
  • Dror Lakstein
  • David Backstein
Original Paper


Distal femoral varus osteotomy (DFVO) may be indicated for symptomatic lateral compartment gonarthrosis associated with valgus deformity in younger, active patients. Thirty-three consecutive DFVOs (31 patients) with a minimum follow-up of ten years (mean 15.1, range 10–25) were reviewed. Fifteen DFVOs were converted to total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and one DFVO was awaiting TKA, reaching an overall failure rate of 48.5% at a mean of 15.6 years (range 6–21.5). Of the remaining 17 DFVOs, ten (58.8%) had good or excellent results, two (11.8%) had fair results and five (29.4%) had poor results. Mean modified Knee Society scores improved significantly (p < 0.01) from 36.8 preoperatively to 77.5 at one year post DFVO. DFVO is a viable treatment alternative for lateral compartment gonarthrosis. Conversion to TKA is expected to be required in approximately half of the patients at a mean of 15.6 years.


Total Knee Arthroplasty Knee Function Valgus Deformity Femoral Cortex Blade Plate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yona Kosashvili
    • 1
    Email author
  • Oleg Safir
    • 1
  • Allan Gross
    • 1
  • Guy Morag
    • 2
  • Dror Lakstein
    • 1
  • David Backstein
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OrthopedicsMount Sinai HospitalTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Orthopedics BSorasky Medical CenterTel AvivIsrael

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