What is a Knee Osteotomy?
When the bones of the knee do not line up properly, extra stress can occur on the inner or outer side of the knee. Over time, this extra pressure can wear away the articular cartilage of the knee, causing pain and stiffness. Osteotomy, literally meaning, “cutting of bone” is a surgical treatment offered by Armando Vidal, MD in which either the shinbone (tibia) or thighbone (femur) is cut and realigned to relieve pressure on the knee joint and improve the biomechanics of the joint.
Knee osteotomy is indicated for three general conditions.
- To improve the outcomes and success of a complex cartilage repair in the setting of malalignment.
- To improve the biomechanics of a joint in the setting of a complex instability condition (revision ACL, PCL, FCL).
- To relieve symptoms in a young patient with early uni-compartmental (one side of joint) osteoarthritis who is high demand, high impact and not a good candidate for a partial or total knee replacement.
Knee osteotomy is a complex procedure that can be life-changing in terms of restoring quality of life and function. Experience with these procedures is critical to a safe and effective recovery!
Knee osteotomy is offered to patients in Vail, Aspen and the surrounding Denver Colorado communities.