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Does anyone have any experience good or bad on the outcomes and post operative recovery for High Tibial Osteotomy?
It's not me but my OH who has been advised that the athritic condition of his knee warrants such a procedure. Obviously we'd discuss this with the consultant pre-op but would like to get as much info as possible to try to make as informed a decision as possible. OH had been a runner for many years but had to stop due to bad knee pain 18 months ago. Our main focus has always been mountain sports - fell running/trail running, fell walking, mountaineering, MTB-ing and he has been unable to participate for the past 18 months as he is limited to short flat walks though he can still cycle.
To me this is a particularly brutal and invasive procedure - though if all goes well the consultant expects OH would get up to 15 years out of it before needing a full knee replacement. The trouble is OH has this vision of us out running together on the fells in 6 - 8 months time. He is reasonably realistic in that he says he would be happy just to be able to do 4 - 6 mile runs and I understand the need to have a positive mental attitude to the operation and to visualise a positive outcome at the end of it but does anyone have any experience of whether his aspirations are realistic or not?
The choices are stark - 1 Do nothing yet and take pain killers. 2 Be fitted for a knee brace and see how it goes (OH is dead set against this) 3. Surgical intervention with an HTO. He is too young to be offered a full knee replacement and would not be able to run on one anyway.
So if anyone has any good or bad information or any consultants/physio out there I'd really appreciate it.