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Osteotomy surgery is an operation used to change your bone's length or alignment.
The operation is carried out under a general anaesthetic. During the recovery period for an osteotomy, specialist equipment can be used to support your recovery and help you perform your day-to-day tasks. These include specialised walkers and wheelchairs and mobility aids such as dressing sticks or long-handled shoe-horns.
This condition can either be congenital, also known as Mau-Nilsonne Syndrome, or the result of a bone disorder. Symptoms include pain, stiffness, and difficulty in walking. It is diagnosed by an X-ray. In most cases osteotomy surgery can ease the condition.
An abnormal hip anatomy can be present from birth but you might not be aware of this. The most common conditions which are treated are a hip dysplasia (shallow hip), slipped upper femoral epiphysis and subtle abnormalities in the shape of the femur (thigh) bone.
Like all major lower limb surgery, there is a risk of developing a blood clot. An infection is another possible risk that could occur post-surgery and you may need further surgery to treat an infection.
Your Consultant will explain whether an osteotomy is an appropriate treatment option for you and discuss the risks and benefits associated with this procedure.
If successful, an osteotomy could stop your hips from becoming arthritic and the need for treatments such as a hip replacement or resurfacing.
If you would like to speak to a Consultant about undergoing an osteotomy, you can book an appointment online or contact a member of our team by calling us directly.