What is an osteotomy?

Osteotomies can maintain the natural bone, while realigning the weight-bearing surfaces of the joint. Osteotomies can be performed on the thigh bone and on the pelvic bone, or both. A surgery performed on the femoral side of the joint is called a femoral osteotomy. One done on the acetabulum side is called a pelvic or innominate osteotomy.

Osteotomy is a procedure in which a doctor surgically adjusts the alignment of bones to relieve stress on the bone or joint. It's often recommended for younger patients, who may not be candidates for joint replacement because it slows the progression of osteoarthritis and brings considerable pain relief. In this procedure, the knee is opened and the bone is reshaped. It is important to understand that the final results are determined not only by the surgery but also by the success of the rehabilitation that follows surgery. Successful rehabilitation requires high motivation to endure intensive exercise and physical therapy.

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