Re-alignment Surgery or Osteotomy is an operation that is performed to change the alignment of the legs. This is often an alternative treatment to total knee replacement surgery and is very effective in dealing with pain and discomfort. We, at My Knee Doc, have a team of dedicated doctors who have experience in performing re-alignment surgery with good results.
Why Do You Need Re-alignment Surgery
A re-alignment surgery is usually performed on younger and more active patients suffering from knee arthritis and knee pain.
• To relieve the pressure from damaged or arthritic part of the knee and align it to a healthier or less damaged part.
• To treat complex knee instability in association with cartilage repair or regeneration technique
This is a very suitable treatment for younger and active patients who have started developing arthritis in a localised part of the knee. Re-alignment Surgery relieves you from pain, arrests the progression of arthritis and also allows you to resume normal activities in a short time without the restrictions imposed by a knee replacement.
Using a small saw, a cut or incomplete fracture is made in the tibia or leg bone and occasionally in the femur or thigh bone.
Depending upon the amount of re-alignment required, this cut is slowly opened to create a wedge.
The precise alignment is determined and fine-tuned. A small plate and screws are then used to hold the bones in position during the healing process. In some cases, a bone graft may also be inserted into the created wedge to support the healing process.
For a re-alignment surgery, you have to be in the hospital for a couple of days. After the surgery, your leg may be put in a special brace for about six weeks to facilitate controlled movement. You will need to use crutches for a few weeks but can usually put your weight through your leg once you feel comfortable. You have to start doing a few exercises initially, after the surgery, and then come in for regular physical therapy.
At My Knee Doc we treat you with care and concern so that you get the best treatment and comfort. With the re-alignment surgery performed by our experienced knee surgeon, you can get back to your normal activities in no time. Contact us today to get back your happy life free from pain.