Osteotomy is a surgical procedure preferred by young adults to postpone knee replacement surgeries for many years. It is a surgery that cuts and reshapes arthritis affected bone. Osteotomy, in its literal translation, means “cutting of the bone.” The procedure is either performed to repair the damaged joint or to shorten or lengthen the deformed bone.During the knee osteotomy procedure, either the tibia or femur is cut or reshaped to take off the pressure from the damaged side of the knee. The main aim of the knee osteotomy is to shift off the body weight from the injured area to the healthy part of the knee.
The procedure is an excellent option for active young patients who have pain only one side of the knee, i.e., unilateral knee arthritis and who can fully straighten the knee and bend it at least 90o without experiencing severe pain. People with knee pain caused due to overweight or physical activity are also considered.
The procedure has its pros and cons depending on the patients need and condition that includes:
To know in detail regarding the osteotomy procedure and to find out if you are a suitable candidate, visit Dr.Bharani Kumar Dayanandam, an eminent orthopedic surgeon at Chennai Orthopaedics.