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High Tibial Osteotomy Complications – Osteonecrosis

November 28, 2010
HIgh Tibial Osteotomy

HIgh Tibial Osteotomy

High Tibial Osteotomies (HTO) are surgical procedures used to treat unicompartmental osteoarthritis of the knee.

Osteonecrosis is one of those complications.  It is “bone death” caused by poor blood supply to the affected area.  Though osteonecrosis is mst common in the hip and shoulder, in high tibial osteotomies it usually presents in the bone fragment above the surgical site.

There aren’t any symptoms in the early stages of this condition.  But as it gets worse you may feel pain in the joint that increases over time, pain at rest, limited range of motion, and limping.

Bone grafts and joint replacement are the usual treatment options for osteonecrosis.



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