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Our clinic works with highly professional and educated surgeons. They have 10-20 years of experience in the field of orthopaedic surgery. They each perform 500 surgeries per year. Moreover, our surgeons are members of various prestigious surgical societies both Lithuanian and international. Our joint replacement surgeon S. Tarasevicius is an author of 150 scientific publications in different medical journals. Find more information about our surgeons here.
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Femoral osteotomy, also known as a knock knees surgery, is a surgery done on the thigh bone above the knee cap. It is most often performed for patients with ostheoarthritis or a valgus knee deformity (also called a “knock-knee” deformity). The surgery realigns the upper and lower leg bones, making the weight-bearing axis pass through the center of the knee. Femoral osteotomy ensures equal weight distribution, addresses gait abnormalities, relieves symptoms of arthritis, and slows the development of degenerative joint disease.
Femoral osteotomy is generally recommended for young (<55 years old) and active patients. The main two femoral osteotomy indications are:
All surgeries come with a certain level of risk. Even though femoral osteotomy has been performed for decades and the benefits far outweigh the risks, complications can occur in rare instances. Some of the possible complications include post-operative bleeding, wound infection, blood clots, neurovascular damage, and other.
During an initial consultation, an orthopaedic surgeon takes a patient’s health history, discusses the expectations, and orders imaging tests, like an X-ray and MRI scan. A complete knee examination is performed to assess joint tenderness, meniscal pathology, and ligamentous instability. The patient should be prepared to state any allergies and bring a list of all the medications, including all prescription and over-the-counter drugs as some of them can cause bleeding problems during surgery.
The goal of femoral osteotomy is to re-create a correct alignment between an upper thigh bone (femur) and lower leg bones (tibia and fibula). Surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and takes approximately 2 hours to complete. There are two main surgical techniques to realign the knees.
In open wedge osteotomy, a surgeon makes a 4 cm incision on the outside of the knee and dissects the muscles to expose the femur bone. Then, he separates the two sides of the femur with special retractors to form a wedge shape. The created space is filled with synthetic bone graft to secure the correct mechanical axis. Lastly, the surgeon places a drain inside the incision to help remove fluids and fasten recovery.
During the first 6 weeks post-op, patients take blood-thinning drugs (aspirin), walk with crutches, and exercise regularly to improve range of motion. In two weeks, patients see their doctor to take out the staples. At the end of 6 weeks, patients come in for a follow-up X-ray scan.
After another 6 weeks, most patients can return to work and transition to cane or crutches. Exercises include gentle stretching, strengthening, and walking. Patients should expect to come in for a second X-ray scan to evaluate how well the bones are healing. A return to driving is possible at 6-10 weeks post-operatively.
Most patients can return to leisure sports, like walking, hiking, cycling, swimming, and tennis. It may be 6 to 9 months until resuming high-impact activities. However, patients are not recommended to return to contact sports, distance running, and manual labor jobs.