Patella Luxation Stabilization

Patella luxation stabilization is a surgical procedure to correct dislocation of the kneecap, restoring proper joint function and alleviating pain.

Patella Luxation Stabilization

What is Patella Luxation Stabilization?

This is a condition where the kneecap (patella) dislocates from its normal position within the knee joint. During the surgery, techniques such as realignment of the patella and stabilization within the groove of the femur are employed to restore proper joint function. This helps alleviate pain and lameness associated with the condition, allowing affected pets to regain mobility and quality of life.

Signs of needed procedure

  • Recurrent or persistent lameness.
  • Intermittent skipping or hopping while walking or running.
  • Reluctance or difficulty in fully extending the affected hind limb.
  • Audible clicking or popping sounds coming from joints.
  • Pain or discomfort when the knee joint is manipulated or palpated.
  • Muscle atrophy (loss of muscle mass) in the affected limb due to decreased use.
  • Progressive worsening of symptoms over time, despite conservative management or previous surgical interventions.


This typically involves a physical exam and X-rays to assess knee joint alignment and determine the need for surgical stabilization.


Treatment typically involves surgical intervention aimed at realigning and stabilizing the kneecap within the femoral groove. The specific surgical technique used depends on factors such as the severity of the luxation, presence of concurrent joint abnormalities, and the individual pet’s anatomy. Common surgical approaches include soft tissue procedures to tighten or release surrounding structures, osteotomy procedures to correct bony abnormalities, and/or joint reconstruction techniques. Postoperative care often includes pain management, restricted activity, and physical therapy to promote proper healing and rehabilitation of the affected limb.