Distal Femoral Varus Osteotomy for Lateral Compartment Osteoarthritis in the Valgus Knee. A Systematic Review of the Literature

Adnan Saithna*, 1, Rik Kundra 2, Chetan S Modi 1, Alan Getgood 1, Tim Spalding 1
1 University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Clifford Bridge Road, Walsgrave, Coventry, CV2 2DX, UK
2 Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, Moat Road, Walsall, West Midlands, WS2 9PS, UK

Article Metrics

CrossRef Citations:
Total Statistics:

Full-Text HTML Views: 1125
Abstract HTML Views: 325
PDF Downloads: 277
Total Views/Downloads: 1727
Unique Statistics:

Full-Text HTML Views: 661
Abstract HTML Views: 226
PDF Downloads: 224
Total Views/Downloads: 1111

Creative Commons License
© Saithna et al.; Licensee Bentham Open.

open-access license: This is an open access article licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the work is properly cited.

* Address correspondence to this author at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Clifford Bridge Road, Walsgrave, Coventry, CV2 2DX, UK; Tel: 02476 964000; Fax: 02476 966456; E-mail:


The primary objectives of this systematic review were to define the indications, functional outcomes, survivorship and complications associated with distal femoral varus osteotomy (DFVO).

Cumulative survival with arthroplasty as the endpoint ranged from 64 to 82% at 10 years, and 45% at 15 years. The mean pre-operative HSS score ranged from 46 to 65 and this improved at latest follow up to means of between 72 and 88. Pooled results show an overall complication rate of 5.8% (5/86) for unanticipated re-operation due to a complication.

Poor reporting of included studies and considerable heterogeneity between them precluded any statistical analysis. Further study is required to determine the precise indications for DFVO, optimum surgical technique, implant of choice and post-operative rehabilitation regimen as all of these factors may significantly affect the complication profile and outcomes of this procedure.

DFVO is technically demanding and requires a significant period of rehabilitation for the patient. However, long-term survivorship and good function have been demonstrated and it remains a potential option for valgus osteoarthritis in carefully selected patients.

Keywords: Distal femoral varus osteotomy, outcome measures, complications, arthroplasty, valgus osteoarthritis.