High Tibial Osteotomy Surgery
What is high tibial osteotomy surgery?
High tibial osteotomy is surgery to realign your knee. It shifts your weight from the damaged part of your knee (usually the inner, medial joint) to the undamaged part of your knee joint (the lateral part). It is an alternative to knee replacement surgery in young patients.
Is high tibial osteotomy major surgery?
Yes, high tibial osteotomy is major surgery of your knee, as it involves splitting a major bone (tibia), realigning your knee, then fixing the bone with a plate and screws. It is major surgery similar to knee replacement.
How long does it take to recover from high tibial osteotomy?
Wound healing takes 2 weeks and during this time you a partially weight bearing with crutches. You will remain on crutches for the first 6 weeks after surgery but can increase your weight bearing during this time. Most patients take 6 weeks to be fair, 3 months to be good and 6 – 12 months to regain their best knee function. Returning to heavy manual work is usually possible around 6 – 8 weeks after surgery.
How long does a high tibial osteotomy of the knee take to heal?
By the 6 week mark you can fully weight bear on your knee with crutches. Return to sport and running is possible 4 – 6 months after surgery. Full bone healing can take 6 – 12 months after surgery.
Do the metal screws and plates need to be removed?
Only if they are irritating your skin or you plan to have knee replacement in the future.
Can you run and return to sport after high tibial osteotomy?
Yes, high tibial osteotomy is a durable option for patients who want to run and return to sport or are involved in heavy physical work.
How much does high tibial osteotomy cost?
Dr Daniel Meyerkort is a no gap provider with all health funds for your knee surgery. This means you have no out of pocket expense for your surgery payable to Dr Meyerkort. Out of pocket expense may be incurred from your hospital admission, medical imaging and anaesthetists fee.