Osteotomy means cutting of the bone and so femoral osteotomy
The purpose of the procedure is to re-align the load bearing surfaces of the joint. This can bring about significant pain reduction and may also promote the repair of cartilage.
With the very real advancements made in hip replacement surgery, especially for younger patients, the number of femoral osteotomies carried out has declined.
The procedure is normally carried out in two parts: -
During the first operation the bone is cut and repositioned and/or reshaped, A metal plate (see illustration) is inserted to pin the bone in place.
Healing will take a long time and some patients are very aware of the plate and find it uncomfortable.
The second operation removes the plate. This is a relatively straightforward procedure and less time is needed for recovery.
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