What is osteotomy?
Osteotomy is the surgical removal of a piece of bone. It’s purpose is to shorten or lengthen the bone, or to change its alignment. It is often used to straighten a bone that has not healed correctly after a fracture.
How is osteotomy performed?
First, the section of bone to be removed is identified and mapped using diagnostic imaging. During the surgery, the surgeon uses a special surgical saw to remove the outlined area of bone. The gap in the bone is then closed by bringing the bone edges together. In some cases, a bone graft may be inserted into the space where bone was removed.