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Surgery type: If you have a knee angular deformity, it can be corrected by cutting a bone (an osteotomy) near the knee joint to change the alignment of the knee. A knock-knee deformity is also called genu valgum, from the latin roots. The correction of a knock knee is usually done by cutting the end of the femur to make the correction. The term "distal" refers to end of the femur at the level of the knee. ...Read more
Osteotomy involves the surgical cutting of a bone, followed by realignment in a way to change the alignment of the bone. This can be done for fractures healed in a crooked manner, bone and joint development abnormalities, and to relieve pressure and pain in arthritic joints. The osteotomy site is usually fixed with some type of hardware to hold the site ...Read more
Had femoral osteotomy from perthese with 2 screws done 10 years ago got my screws out yesterday, will my hip be strong like it was before?
Great question: I am assuming your procedure was done to help with joint alignment at the hip. It must've been successful if your surgeon was able to remove the screws. That you have not needed a hip replacement at this point is very good. Be sure to discuss your concerns with orthopedic surgeon as to the strength of your hip joint and any increased risk for arthritis of the joint later in life. Best of luck ...Read more
I got a distal femoral osteotomy about three years ago on the inside of my leg when i press against my quad i feel discomfort what is this ?
Hard to say: There are multple potential cause and i would encourage you to be checked. Sometimes the osteotomy site will develop hypertrophic that may cause what you are describing, sometimes it may be related to the hardware that was placed in your leg to do the osteotomy, or it may be some scar tissue. Consider being checked. Thank you for the question. ...Read more
Varies: Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, blood sugar control, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care. Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
26, knee oa - meniscus tear/ scope surgery 10 yrs ago - was ncaa athlete. Drs say distal femoral osteotomy. Can i improve my alignment w/ pt instead of surgery? Now low impact lifestyle and no pain
Somewhat: Yes, i would maximize physical therapy and an "unloader" knee brace, customized for your misalignment. This brace provides some realignment to you while weight-bearing. If you fail to see satisfactory results with conservative management, then an osteotomy could be helpful for you. Keep your weight at a healthy level, as this may be the #1 modifiable factor to prevent progression of your arthritis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does bone graft have to be used in distal femoral osteotomy for valgus knee? My doctor said he does not use it. I am 18 years old with knock knee.
See below: The surgery involves cutting the thighbone (femur) and re-positioning the ball of the femur in the hip socket. Sometimes the socket itself must also be worked on in order to have it contain the ball better. the cut femur is held together in its new position by a metal plate. The plate(s) is completely inside the body. These plates are very strong and because they are used, a cast is rarely necessary. Typically there are also muscles lengthened in the groin when these procedures are done. ...Read more
Good question: Osteotimy is a cut in the bone. In a derotational osteotimy, the bone is cut and then rotated to a better position and this corrected position is usually then held in place by a plate and screws. In this case, the surgery is done on the tibia and femur. The most common indication would be severe malalignment of the leg such as a severe case of "in- toeing." ...Read more
Hopefully improvemen: Those surgeries are generally done to improve a malalignment of the leg, and so hopefully the surgery will dramatically improve your alignment issues. In terms of the surgical recovery itself, it is similar to surgeries that we do for a broken leg where there is a gradual improvement of soreness over 10-14 days and a restriction in weight bearing 6-12 weeks based upon more specifics. ...Read more