A knee osteotomy is the removal of a wedge of bone from the tibia to reshape and realign the leg. The tibia is the shinbone. Recovery time will depend on certain factors, such as your overall health.

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This procedure aligns the knee joint so the healthy part of the knee surface is able to do more weight-bearing. This takes pressure off the damaged part. Damage is often due to osteoarthritis. This surgery may be done instead of a total knee replacement. It may also be done to correct poor knee alignment for other reasons.

While osteotomy does not cure conditions like osteoarthritis, the surgery may:

  • Reduce pain
  • Improve movement
  • Delay further damage to the joint
  • Postpone the need for total knee replacement surgery