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High Tibial Osteotomy – How is it performed?

November 24, 2010
High Tibial Osteotomy

High Tibial Osteotomy

There are two different types of high tibial osteotomy surgeries to treat knee osteoarthritis.

A “closing wedge” osteotomy cuts out a wedge of bone to change the angle of the knee joint.

An “opening wedge” cuts the bone and fills the gap with a graft to change the angle of the knee.

Either surgical procedure is significant because the bones supporting your body weight are fractured, and then fixed.  You will be off your feet for up to 6 weeks and a return to full activity can take as long as six months.



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