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Archive for December 1st, 2010

Non Union

Non Union

High Tibial Osteotomies (HTOs) are a surgical procedure used to treat knee osteoarthritis.  There are complications with HTO’s.  Non-unions are one of those complications.

A non-union is when a broken bone fails to heal.  Non unions occur when the broken bone lacks blood flow or the fracture is unstable.  Tobacco use, old age, diabetes, and infections can make this condition worse.

Broken bones also need nutrition to heal.  Calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and protein are all necessary for bones to heal properly.

Bone grafts or bone growth stimulators are used as treatment options for non-union fractures.