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What is high tibial osteotomy?

What is high tibial osteotomy?

Arthritis surgery.: It is a procedure that could be performed to to unload the arthritic compartment of your knee. It can buy you roughly 5-15 years before requiring knee replacement, in many cases. ...Read more

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Osteotomy (Definition)

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


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High tibial osteotomy, outpatient or inpatient surgery?

Elective: As an elective procedure, this can be done on an inpatient or 23hr observation with only a few days of admission. However, it's surgeon/ patient preference as some may be willing to do it outpatient. For pain control and depending on medical history, it's more likely to at least have 1-2 nights inpatient. ...Read more

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Can a metal detector go off because I had a high tibial osteotomy?

Yes they can, due to: the metal used, ie, screws, plate, washers. Get a letter from your surgeon, re: what you had done, and it should mention there is metal implanted, which might trigger a metal detector in Stores or Airports. Good Luck and Happy Holidays. ...Read more

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Should I have High Tibial Osteotomy for knock knee before or after my growth plates close? I see young people having it, yet my surgeon says to wait?

Should I have High Tibial Osteotomy for knock knee before or after my growth plates close? I see young people having it, yet my surgeon says to wait?

Growth plates closed: At age 23 your growth plates about the knee are closed. High tibial osteotomy in young adults is relatively uncommon and not a benign procedure. Discuss the surgery and post- op regimen w/ your surgeon. If u are not satisfied get a second opinion about both your knees. Best of Luck! ...Read more

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Should I risk future arthritis, or get a high tibial osteotomy to fix my knock knee? 4-5cm gap between ankles, age 17, male, with nill to mild pain.

Should I risk future arthritis, or get a high tibial osteotomy to fix my knock knee? 4-5cm gap between ankles, age 17, male, with nill to mild pain.

Advice: Only you and your Orthopedic Surgeon can make a timing decision depending on lifestyle and degree of ankle,but some years ahead most people with knock knee (genu varus) will develop osteoarthritis. ...Read more

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Can something be done about high hips? Sort of like a tibial osteotomy like procedure done on a person with high hips? Remove a wedge to lower hip?

Can something be done about high hips? Sort of like a tibial osteotomy like procedure done on a person with high hips? Remove a wedge to lower hip?

High Hips: Do not recommend surgery for this. Recommend seeking professional help as to why you would want to do such a drastic procedure on yourself. ...Read more

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What is a tibial osteotomy?

Bone realignment.: It is a bony realignment procedure, used to unload the arthritic portion of your knee. It is a salvage procedure, to buy one time, before a knee replacement is needed. ...Read more

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What happens during a posterior tibial osteotomy ?

Correct deformity: A posterior tibial osteotomy is a very rare proceedure used for correction of excessive extension of the knee and improve flexion at the knee. ...Read more