Fibular Osteotomy

An osteotomy is a surgical operation performed to shorten, lengthen or change the alignment of a bone. The procedure involves removal or addition of bone near a damaged joint to shift the weight from damaged part of the joint to a healthier part.

When fibula, the shorter bone of the lower leg, undergoes osteotomy procedure, it is termed as fibular osteotomy. Fibular osteotomy involves removal of bone from the outer side of the lower leg to shift weigh towards the outer knee. It is performed in following cases of the knee joint:

  • Osteoarthritis of the outer knee

  • Younger, active and thin people

  • Bowleg and knock-knee deformities of the knee

  • Destruction of the single disc of knee cartilage

Advantages of fibular osteotomy

  • Postpones a total joint replacement for a few years

  • Relieves pain

  • Improves joint mobility & functioning

  • Slows the progression of arthritis

Risks associated with fibular osteotomy

  • A failure of the bones to heal

  • Bones that don’t align as they heal

  • Blood clotting

  • Inflammation of joint tissues, nerve damage, or infection