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High Tibial Osteotomy Complications – Neurologic Injuries

December 2, 2010
Popliteal Artery

Popliteal Artery

A common surgery to treat osteoarthritis of the knee is a high tibial osteotomy.  Complications during the surgery can include neurologic injuries.  One such injury is damage to the popliteal artery.

The popliteal artery is an extension of the femoral artery, located behind the knee.  It supplies blood to the knee joint and muscles in the thigh and calf. Arteries are blood vessels that bring oxygen rich blood from the heart to various tissues in the body.

Damage to the popliteal artery can cause a partial or complete blockage of blood flow to the foot and lower leg.  This can cause pain, difficulty walking, or amputation.



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