Chronic arthritis in the knees is the result of our cartilage wearing away as we age. It can produce quite a great deal of pain for patients as a result. In instances where only one side of the knee is affected, it may be possible via surgical means to correct the knee’s alignment to reduce pain and improve the quality of life for the patient.
Knee osteotomy is commonly recommended for osteoarthritis when isolated to a single compartment, meaning you still have some areas in your knee that have a sufficient amount of cartilage. Knee osteotomy is a surgical procedure in which the upper shinbone (tibia) or lower thighbone (femur) is cut and realigned- either by adding or removing a wedge of bone below or above the knee joint- to take pressure off the damaged side of the knee and shift it to the other side of your knee with the healthy cartilage.