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.

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Could fulkerson osteotomy help correct bow legs?

No. A fulkerson osteotomy involves elevating the patella tendon attachment to the tibia (shin bone) to decrease the force beteeen the femur (thigh bone) and patella. A high tibia osteotomy (or proximal tibia osteotomy) is carried out to re-align bow legs secondary to medial (inner) knee arthritis and decrease medial knee pain. They are 2 different operations. Read more...
No. Fulkerson osteotomy address patellofemoral pathology, not tibial bowing. Read more...

Can I be an athlete (basketball player) after osteotomy surgery for bow legs? Is there any sample?

Osteotomy. There is no reason for you not to play basketball. Read more...
It is posssible. I am a pediatrician and I have had a patient who had bilateral osteotomies who was very successful playing football at the high school level. I am unsure if he pursued this in college as well. The orthopedist who does the procedure should have more experience and should be able to give you a more specific answer based on your specific surgery and outcome. Read more...

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...

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...

If he/she has bowed legs does person grow taller like 6 foot? Does bowleg (genu varum) affect height? Or height just depend on genetics?

Genetics. Most likely genetics. Bowlegging will only minimally affect height. Read more...
Depends. Katherine, It depends on the cause of the bowed legs. Some genetic conditions which cause bowed legs, can affect height. Many times however bowed legs are present at certain stages of growth and may correct with growth. It also depends on the age of the patient. If bowing of the legs is present, evaluation by an doctor is important. Read more...