Osteotomy – Knee Procedures
Knee osteotomies (breaking and realignment of the knee joint) are salvage procedures to slow down the progression of knee arthritis in the younger patient. The aim is to delay a knee replacement surgery tha got functional limitations in a younger patient.
Although an osteotomy won’t stop you from developing knee osteoarthritis in the future, it may slow down the progression of the disease until you are ready to have a total knee replacement.
Different surgical techniques including open and closing wedge tibial or distal femoral osteotomies can be performed with certain advantages and disadvantages for each individual technique, but all procedures share the same goal in slowing down your osteoarthritic disease. The alignment may also be further controlled with the aid of navigated computer surgery.
Dr Peter Smith, Milnerton Medi-Clinic, Cape Town
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