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High Tibial Osteotomy – Indications

November 23, 2010
Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Unicompartmental Osteoarthritis is the primary indication for a high tibial osteotomy.  Unicompartmental means that only one side of the knee is affected by the arthritis.

Once the cartilage between the femur and tibial plateau starts eroding the angle at the knee joint begins changing.  If the inside of the knee wears away the result is a “bow-legged” deformity.  If the outside of the knee wears away then the angle makes the legs appear “knock-kneed”.

The goal of a high tibial osteotomy is to realign the bones and restore a more normal angulation.



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