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Tibial osteotomy

An osteotomy of the shin bone (tibia) may be indicated in patients with excessive varus (bow legged) alignment of the knee and pain on the inside of the knee from overload. It can be used to delay the need for joint replacement surgery in some individuals with isolated medial (inside) arthritis.

The aim of the operation is to change the plumb line of the leg so that it does not put as much force and pressure on the painful part of the knee.