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.

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How quickly can I get back to my routine?

The recovery period from osteotomy will take between several weeks and several months, depending on the type you undergo. If the procedure was performed on a leg bone, you will be required to spend several weeks on crutches. Physical therapy is usually required. It can take up to 6 months to fully recover.

Are there any side effects to osteotomy?

As with all surgeries, the risks associated with osteotomy are rare and can include infection, blood clots, joint stiffness, injuries to blood vessels and nerves. There is also a small risk that the bones at the osteotomy site may fail to grow together and as a result, not heal properly.

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