What happens during an Osteotomy
Osteotomies are usually performed under general anaesthetic. An incision is made just below your knee and a wedge of bones is removed from underneath the healthy part of the knee.
The wedge is then closed using metal plates or pins to bring the bones on the healthy side of the knee closer together and opening up space on the damaged side. The result is less pressure on the damaged side of the knee, allowing more even distribution of your body weight.
You will spend 1 – 2 days in hospital before being discharged home. Our physiotherapist will teach you exercises to gain range of motion and begin weight bearing on your operated knee. These will also help strengthen your muscles. These can cause some discomfort and swelling.
You will be prescribed painkillers to take home and it is important to take these as instructed as managing your pain effectively will also help you mobilise and carry out these exercises to ensure your recovery.