Osteotomy of the knee

People who have bow legs or a knock knee – which may be as a result of previous trauma – may go on to develop osteoarthritis of a single area of the knee joint.

An osteotomy of the knee is designed to reposition the joint and remove the pressure from the damaged part of the joint.  It is a particularly useful technique in younger people with arthritis since it can significantly slow the deterioration of the joint to the extent where a total knee replacement may be delayed for many years.

Knee osteotomy involves cutting the bone and lining the joint back up to where it should be.  It can take 3-4 months to heal, and crutches must be used for at least the first 3 months after surgery.