Osteoarthritis, which is the “wear and tear” arthritis, is one of the major types of arthritis that affects about 33 million Americans. This condition develops when the bones are not properly aligned, causing extra pressure that can wear on cartilage of a part of the joint. To treat this and other joint diseases and disorders, an osteotomy is an option to relieve pain and restore function to the damaged joint. Osteotomy means “cutting of the bone” and the procedure is just that. The surgeon removes a wedge of the bone near the damaged area of the joint, which shifts the weight of the bone from the damaged cartilage to the area with healthy cartilage. A plate with screws is typically used to hold the bone in place while it heals but in some cases, a bone graft is used to fill the space where bone was removed. This allows weight to be more evenly distributed on the joint cartilage, relieving pain. Osteotomies are often performed on the inner knee, outer knee, and hip joints. For both knee and hip procedures, patients are usually hospitalized for several days after surgery and will need assistance walking for many weeks and physical therapy until the joint is healed and strength is restored.
Our team at Triangle Orthopaedics is experienced in treating joint problems. If you would like to know more about an osteotomy and how it could benefit you, please contact us at any of our Carolina office locations today.
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