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What kind of corrective surgery can I have for bow legs?

What kind of corrective surgery can I have for bow legs?

HTO-Tibial osteotomy: Bow legs are a normal variant. If after injury or chronic pain persists about the inside of the knees, proximal tibial osteotomies (hto- high tibial osteotomy) may be indicated. The plumb line from hip to ankle center is, thereby, redirected to go through née center and off-loads painful medial compartment. (see picture below). ...Read more

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Bow Legs (Definition)

Bowlegs is a condition in which the knees remain wide apart when a person stands with the feet and ankles together. Infants are born bowlegged because of their folded position in the uterus. The infant's bowed legs begin to straighten once the child starts to walk and the legs begin to bear weight (about 12 to 18 months old). Normal appearance is usually attained by the time the child is 3 years old. At this time, a child can usually stand with the ankles together and the knees just touch. If the bowed legs persist into this period, the ...Read more


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Will I get taller if I have corrective surgery for bow legs?

Will I get taller if I have corrective surgery for bow legs?

Not significant: Correcting genu varum (bow legs) can increase your height, but it won't be too significant. Maybe an inch at most, but this is for severe deformities. ...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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I m 23 and i have bow legs and i dont want to do make any surgery .. i m seeking physical exercise ...can it work ?

I m 23 and i have bow legs and i dont want to do make any surgery .. i m seeking physical exercise ...can it work ?

Hard to say: Depends on a lot of things, if your muscles can overpower the joint deformity without causing pain, also if your growth plates have closed or not. Either way, never hurts to try. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have bow legs. How can I correct them without surgery?

I have bow legs. How can I correct them without surgery?

You can't: I'm sorry, but I don't believe bow legs can be corrected in an adult without surgery. Physical therapy may help to some degree, but modalities like leg braces are not as effective in adults as they are in children. You should talk to an orthopedic surgeon and/or a physiatrist (PM&R doctor). ...Read more

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Can bow legs surgery (after surgery) affect your legs permanently (you were a quick athlete, and now not as much as before for example)?

Can bow legs surgery (after surgery) affect your legs permanently (you were a quick athlete, and now not as much as before for example)?

Usually not: The surgery will cause you to loose muscle strength and quickness initially, but you should regain this with training. Talk to your surgeon about specific concerns. ...Read more

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Could the surgery to fix bow legs make you shorter?

Could the surgery to fix bow legs make you shorter?

Depends on age: For children with severe genu varum (bow legged) that require surgery that might happen if the growth plate is involved. For adults it is unlikely to make you shorter. ...Read more

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Would after having surgery to fix bow legs affect your legs permanently, as in you were a quick athlete, and now not as much as before in consequence?

Usually not: The surgery you went through takes a toll on the body. This means muscles have become weaker after less activity. It will take you time to get your strength and quickness back. Talk to your surgeon about specific concerns. ...Read more

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