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Knee osteotomy FAQs

Osteotomy is a straightforward procedure for our experienced surgeons. Find out more about the process and recovery times in these frequently asked questions.

Knee osteotomy is mostly used to treat damage caused by osteoarthritis. This degenerative knee condition leads to pain and swelling around your knee joint. If you seek treatment while just one side of the knee is affected, a knee osteotomy can often help.

Other conditions a high tibial or femoral osteotomy can treat include:

  • Knock knees.
  • Bow legs.
  • Sports injury or knee trauma.
  • Problems leading to poor knee alignment.

If knee osteotomy isn’t right for you, other types of knee surgery (such as a knee replacement) may be recommended.

We expect most patients to be pain-free and back to normal around six months after a knee osteotomy. However, you can expect significant pain relief much sooner than this (usually no more than two months after your procedure).

Most patients need crutches for around 6-12 weeks after a knee osteotomy. But with the right support from our private physiotherapy team, you can minimise your recovery time.

It depends on your recovery rate and the nature of your job. Many people with desk jobs return to work within 4-6 weeks, while 10-12 weeks is more common if you have a physically demanding job.

When you return to work, we recommend that you speak to your employer to ensure your duties don’t impact your recovery.

Knee osteotomy has high success rates. Studies have shown that a high tibial osteotomy can help the original knee joint stay intact for ten years in 71% to 98% of patients and 15 years in 61% to 90%. So, a knee osteotomy will likely give you many years of pain-free activity.

A knee osteotomy is a major surgery, but it’s less invasive and requires less downtime than a full or partial knee replacement.

The earlier you seek treatment, the less likely you are to require major surgery like knee osteotomy or knee replacement.

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Learn more about femoral & high tibial osteotomy

Find out more about these surgical knee repair procedures below.

Femoral and high tibial osteotomy are both types of knee osteotomy. Femoral osteotomy involves reshaping the femur (thighbone), while high tibial osteotomy involves reshaping the tibia (shinbone).

In some cases, both bones may need to be altered to relieve pressure on the knee.

Anaesthetic ensures you don’t feel anything during the knee osteotomy procedure itself. However, when the anaesthetic wears off, you will feel some discomfort in your leg for a few weeks. Most patients manage this with over-the-counter painkillers (or occasionally prescription pain medication).

A knee osteotomy can provide substantial pain relief and long-term mobility for 10-15 years. At this point, you may need to seek other treatments to give you more sustained results.

While knee replacements and osteotomies can treat similar symptoms, they’re usually used in different situations. So it’s not a case of which is better but more suitable for you.

A knee osteotomy can delay or (in limited cases) prevent the need for a knee replacement. So, it’s more likely to be recommended for younger patients and those with a more active lifestyle.

Knee replacements usually offer more definitive pain relief and long-term comfort, but you’ll have more limited mobility. They’re more likely to be suggested if you have substantial damage across both sides of the knee joint.

Both knee osteotomies and knee replacements are carried out under anaesthetic, so there’s no pain during either procedure.

Osteotomy recovery is often more painful than knee replacement recovery in the short-term, but offers greater activity levels in the long run. Osteotomies are recommended for younger, more active patients.

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