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Archive for June 21st, 2011

High Tibial Osteotomy

High Tibial Osteotomy

A high tibial osteotomy (HTO) is a surgical procedure used to treat knee osteoarthritis.  During the surgery a wedge-shaped bone is removed from the lower-leg.  This changes the angle of the knee joint and relieves pain.

You will be treated with intravenous medications immediately following surgery.  This will help reduce the chance of getting an infection from the hospital, help reduce the risk of blood clots, and help with the pain.  Expect to be in the hospital up to one week on the high side.

Once you get home crutches, a cane, or a walker will be required for about one month.  You will be able to put some weight on your leg, but how much and when will be up to your doctor.  Physical therapy will also be prescribed and required.

Most HTO’s are successful.  Make sure to ask your doctor for a detailed recovery plan so you will know exactly how long you will be off your feet.    Patients who have a high tibial osteotomy will experience swelling for 3 to six months.