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Knock Knee Correction
Easily over $15,000.: Assuming the correction is medically necessary much of the cost may be covered by insurance. Total cost will include: surgeon's fee, hospital/surgical center fees, anesthesiologist fee, possible rehab stay, things like walkers, medications, etc. What the price for all this will depend on where you live. Studies show the same care has different costs in different regions or cities. ...Read more
Can adult knock knee get worse? The consensus on correction is only surgery. If the answer to the above question is yes, then why can't they improve?
Yes: Adult genu valgus( 'knock- knees') especially associated w/ arthritis( more common in older adults) tends to progress more rapidly then genu varus( 'bowlegs')deformity and in older adults can lead to the knee(s) feeling 'unsteady'or 'wobbly'.Knee replacement is often advised for pain relief and 'straightening' the knee.Progression of deformity is due to biomechanics and 'looser' ligaments . GL! ...Read more
Unfortunately not: Normal knee alignment spreads the forces of weightbearing evenly across both sides of the knee. Unfortunately, knock knees (aka valgus knees) and bowlegged knees (aka varus knees) overloads the lateral side (outside) and the medial side (inside), respectively. This overload can cause early wear of the cartilage as well as causing dysfunction of the patellofemoral joint (kneecap). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually nothing: However it depends on severity. Severe knock knees can lead to early arthritis due to overload of one side of the joint. It may be treated in these cases with an osteotomy i realign the bones in a more favorable position. Often this is done gradually with external fixation to avoid nerve injury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible osteotomy: To add to dr. Beuchel's answer, in some younger patients who do not have arthritis, and have meniscus deficiency, a varus producing femoral osteotomy is usually performed. An osteotomy is when the femur bone is cut above the knee and realigned me to make it straight. While it seems like a big deal, the surgery is well tolerated, and healing takes place in 3months or so. Surgery should be performed usually by a sports medicine orthopedist or knee specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer