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How can I treat genu varum/bowlegged without surgery?

How can I treat genu varum/bowlegged without surgery?

Genu varum: Mild cases can be treated with knee braces and in some cases with a physiotherapy program otherwise, surgery may be your only recourse ...Read more

Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
178 Doctors shared insights

Bow Legs (Definition)

Bowed legs can occur as a familial history, no orthopedic issues or problems with walking, bearing weight. This also tends to straighten out in time as long bones grow. ...Read more


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I need some tips on how to treat genu varum/bowlegged without surgery?

Nothing @ age 32: If this is a very sever varus deformity the only way 2 treat is osteotomy. @ 32 I would think it is a cosmetic problem not a functional 1, since it's now a problem. Usually not symptomatic unless it involves wearing of the medial compartment of the knee. Have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Should I get surgery for my bow legs (genu varum)?

Should I get surgery for my bow legs (genu varum)?

Risk/benefit analyse: Only you and your orthopedic surgeon can answer this question by carefully weighing your risk and your benefit of non-operative and operative therapy for this condition. Take a friend or family with you to the consultation. In general, the surgery for this condition is very successful. ...Read more

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Contemplating surgery for bow legs (genu varum). How do I decide?

It depends: What is the underline cause for the problem, usually thet do okay. ...Read more

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Contemplating surgery for bow legs (genu varum). What are the risks involved with this?

Talk to your doctor: Your surgeon should have a discussion of risks with you. Your individual risk will be influenced by the severity of your condition and overall health. Risks include nerve and blood vessel injury, compartment syndrome, infection, bleeding, wound problems, failure of bones to heal, implant failure, residual deformity, new or continued pain, and the risks associated with anesthesia. ...Read more

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Who are the surgeons who perform cosmetic genu varum/bow legs corrective surgery?

Who are the surgeons who perform cosmetic genu varum/bow legs corrective surgery?

Orthopaedic Surgeons: Orthopaedic surgeons perform what is also called high tibial osteotomies (hto). Most are performed as medial opening wedge osteotomies. Locking plates or newer peek (dense plastic) wedge-shaped implants are used in conjunction with bone graft or bone graft substitute materials to promote sound healing. ...Read more

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What can you do about genu varum (bowleg)?

Varus knee: There are two treatment options and they are based on the amount of arthritis you have. If you have congenital genu varum, with minimal or no arthritis, they can do a medial opening wedge osteotomy (cut the bone) and correct you deformity. If is an acquired genu varum from arthritis, you either need a unicompartmental knee arthroplasty or total knee arthroplasty. ...Read more

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I have had genu varum since I was born. Is there a way to fix this?

Genuine Varum: If you are having pain and it is due to the deformity and you have good joint space, you can have an osteotomy to cut and bend the bone. ...Read more

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Is there any genu varum surgery?

Yes: Surgery would depend on which bones are involved, the reason for genu varum, and the age of the patient. ...Read more

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Is there a permanent cure for genu varum?

Yes: Depends on the reason for the condition. It may correct on its own, however bracing and surgery may be required. ...Read more

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How can you treat genu varum without surgery?

How can you treat genu varum without surgery?

Is surgery needed?: Genu varum, aka bowleggedness is actually a normal part of growing up. Almost all legs straighten out; braces and other devices used in the past were found to be ineffective. children with pathological bowing, such as from rickets, r treated medically (e.g. correcting the vitamin deficiency) b4 surgery is considered. If it is being considered, though, it is likely the only option. ...Read more

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I need to know if there is a cure for genu varum?

I need to know if there is a cure for genu varum?

Depends: There can be improvement with growth. See a pediatric orthopedist to have it evaluated and followed. ...Read more

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Is there a way to treat genu varum without a surgery?

With specific braces: One could try to prevent the g varum from getting worse or slow its progress. This maybe successful for a period of time. If there are no pain, then no further treatments are needed, and just live with it.
But generally, these are due to arthritis, which most likely will be painful, requiring treatment. Then pain meds, pt, weight loss if overweight, keeping muscles strong would all help.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for genu varum?

Is there a treatment for genu varum?

Yes there is treatme: Blount's disease is a deformity in the legs, mostly from the knees to the ankles. The affected bone curves in or out and forms the usual "archers bow" which can also be called bow-legs. Yes there is treatment for that. ...Read more

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Can goniometer be used to diagnose genu valgum or genu varum?

Yes, a goniometer is: An instrument that measures angles. In genu valgum, knees are angled inward, and in genu varum, they bow out. With a goniometer, a precise measurement can be taken and recorded for reference. A less precise way would be to measure the distance between the ankles with the legs extended for valgum and between the knees for varum. ...Read more

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What are the risks associated with genu varum correction surgery?

What are the risks associated with genu varum correction surgery?

Let me explain: The risk associated with this surgery:
general risk of any surgery, plus there are some risk this surgery may have to done again. ...Read more

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Who do I contact for genu varum surgery? And how long will it be fully healed after the surgery? (5'10, 19 years, athletic)

Who do I contact for genu varum surgery? And how long will it be fully healed after the surgery? (5'10, 19 years, athletic)

An Orthopedist who: Specializes in knee surgery. He'll assess you, get xrays, maybe ct scan, ; then formulate a plan of care, depending upon the dx.
He'll tell how long it'll take to heal. Generally any bony surgery of this type takes at least 3 months.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Are there any genetic disorders that cause genu varum?

Are there any genetic disorders that cause genu varum?

Uncommon but yes: Most common cause is physiologic bowing (esssentially normal variant). Blounts disease (not definitively genetically linked) also common cause, rickets, oi and metaphyseal chondrodysplaisa are genetic disorders that can feature genu varum but all of these have other more obvious manifestations. ...Read more

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Does osteotomy help straighten the legs or correct genu varum (bowlegs)?

Yes: Usually an osteotomy at your age is geared toward straightening out a deformity that is contributing to progressive arthritis on one side of the knee. The most common deformity is a bowed leg, also called genu varum. In 60% of patients at 10 years after the procedure, the knee is still feeling good enough to avoid knee replacement. ...Read more

Dr. George Gantsoudes
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Genu Varum (Definition)

The legs bow outward at the knees. It can occur in ...Read more


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