Full and partial knee replacements are often solutions to serious knee conditions, but when only one side of the joint is affected, a Knee Osteotomy can provide excellent results.
The knee joint is formed by the the thigh bone (femur), shin bone (tibia) and the knee cap (patella), covered by cartilage that allows smooth motion. When this cartilage wears out or is damaged, it is known as Osteoarthritis which most commonly affects the medial compartment on the inner part of the knee, one of the compartments that carries most of the body weight during walking
Unlike full or partial knee replacements, Osteotomy Surgery looks to adjust the alignment of the knee using a surgical correction, so that your body weight is shifted to the more healthy cartilage in the non-affected compartment. This adjustment is then held in place with a surgical plate and screws until the bone heals in the new position.
The procedure is not suitable for everyone and depends on what existing damage there is in the knee joint, but is an excellent way to prolong the lifespan of the natural knee joint, postponing or even eliminating the need for a knee replacement in the future.
You’ll most likely need a walker, cane or crutches for a number of weeks until you’re comfortable enough to walk on your own and you will need physical therapy or be given a set of simple exercises to help restore your strength and range of motion. Most patients are back to light activities within three to six weeks and playing sport within six to nine months.
Knee Osteotomies Fast Facts
|Standard Procedure Time:||1.5 hours|
|Standard Hospital Stay:||3 nights|
|Recovery Time:||6 weeks|
|Return to Light Activities:||3-6 weeks|
|Return to Full Activities:||6-9 months|