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What are some of the complications of femoral osteotomy (FO)?

Major complications of femoral osteotomy (FO) can include infection, nonunion of bone, neurovascular injury, postoperative pain, inability to obtain or maintain a full correction and continued degeneration of cartilage.

Deep vein thrombosis and painful hardware are other possible complications.

However, there is only about a 1 percent likelihood of any of these complications developing.

Overall, hip range of motion, pain, gait, leg-length discrepancy and patient satisfaction generally are improved from femoral osteotomy. A successful surgery also may reduce or even eliminate the need for a total hip replacement (THR) at some point in the patient's life.

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