During knee osteotomy, a wedge of bone is removed
from the femur or tibia. This is performed in order to shift force on the knee
away from a damaged or diseased side to the healthy side.
Treated with Knee Osteotomy:
Knee osteotomy may be performed in cases of knee
pain, knee injury, reduced mobility and arthritis, osteoarthritis and
rheumatoid arthritis of the knee. It may also be utilized in patients who are
bow-legged or knock-kneed.
Non-surgical alternatives to knee osteotomy include
strength training, physical therapy, pain medicine, anti-inflammatory steroid
injections, hyaluronic acid injections, weight loss and the use of a soft knee
brace or walking aid. Total or partial knee replacement are surgical
alternatives to the procedure.
with Knee Osteotomy:
Knee osteotomy may be performed with epidural
anesthesia. It can also be performed under general anesthesia, which means that
the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Complications from Knee Osteotomy:
Possible risks following knee osteotomy include
infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also
possible for there to be little to no improvement in knee mobility or to
eventually need a knee replacement.
after Knee Osteotomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result following
knee osteotomy is good. However, most patients need a knee replacement in the
from Knee Osteotomy:
Total recovery from
knee osteotomy takes six to eight weeks.