A knee osteotomy is the removal of a wedge of bone from the tibia to realign the leg. The tibia is the shinbone. Recovery time will depend on certain factors, such as your overall health.
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This procedure aligns the knee joint so the healthy part of the knee surface is able to do more weight-bearing. This takes pressure off the damaged part. Damage is often due to osteoarthritis. This surgery may be done instead of a total knee replacement.
While osteotomy does not cure conditions like osteoarthritis, the surgery may:
- Reduce pain
- Improve movement
- Delay further damage to the joint
- Postpone the need for total knee replacement surgery
Last reviewedMarch 2013by John C. Keel, MD
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