The patella

The patella / patella is a flat bone that transfers the power of thighs to the lower leg and protects the knee joint.

Prof. Schoettle has been working intensively on the diseases of the kneecap since 2002 and enjoys the highest international recognition in the field of patellar instability and patella pain.

He has already written his professorship / PhD thesis in the area of ​​patellar patellar dislocation at the age of 34. But not only this work, but also further intensive clinical and biomechanical research have had and still have significant international influence on therapy of patellar pain and patellar dislocation. In patellar dislocation and instability of the patella, for example, the “Schoettle point” has been determined as the point that must be taken into account in the treatment of patellar dislocation with MPFL reconstruction in order to successfully perform this procedure. In addition, Prof. Schoettle has established the MPFL reconstruction with his own patellar surgery technique as the golden standard for treating patellar instability and patellar dislocation. Furthermore, he was able to show in almost 1000 cases that the trochleaoplasty is a safe and, above all, necessary operation in the treatment of trochlear dysplasia. In addition, the surface replacement “Wave” and “Kahuna” for the treatment of patellar pain in early arthritis of the patella has been designed with his pen.

For more than 4 years he was chairman of the patella group of AGA. And hosted the IPSG – the international patellofemoral study group – in 2017 in Munich. During this time, he has published 3 books on patellar knee pain and patellar dislocation, which have now been translated into English and published internationally.


For nearly 20 years, Prof. Schoettle has been invited several times a year to give lectures on kneecaps, patellar instability, kneecap / anterior knee and patellar pain, to handle difficult cases with and educates colleagues from around the world, to help patients with the latest knee and patella surgery techniques.In summary, Prof. Schoettle is considered to be one of the foremost physicians in the field of patellar luxation therapy, kneecap/patella pain and therapy. Through regular training and ongoing research, the Knee and Health Institute ensures that you can always be treated to the cutting edge of knowledge.


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