What is a Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy?

Gradual degeneration, osteoarthritis, trauma and injury can lead to severe problems with the knee joint, including chronic pain, swelling and immobility. Often the patella, or “kneecap,” can be particularly susceptible to these issues. Patients with a history of patellar and femoral pain may experience multiple knee dislocations or partial dislocations. If physical therapy and non-surgical pain management proves ineffective and does not provide sufficient relief, a tibial tubercle osteotomy procedure may prove a safe and effective solution.

During a tibial tubercle osteotomy, or “TTO,” an orthopedic surgeon makes an incision across the upper portion of the tibia, near the knee joint. By making a cut just behind the region where the patellar tendon (known as the tibial tubercle) attaches, the surgeon is able to relocate the tubercle to a more central position. The tubercle is then firmly fixed to its new location with screws. After a TTO procedure, body weight is redistributed differently across the kneecap, which relieves overstrained and injured regions.

Our Treatment Approach

The team of experienced orthopedic experts at OrthoCARE Institute is fully committed to helping you improve your quality of life through patient-centric, innovative care. Generally, we recommend conservative treatments, such as non-invasive pain management techniques and focused physical therapy to combat and treat joint-related issues. Patients with severe conditions or progressive complications, however, may require surgical intervention.

When you visit OrthoCARE Institute, one of our highly skilled orthopedic specialists will examine your physical state, symptoms and family history to obtain a precise diagnosis. We will then create a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan that meets your unique needs and goals.

If you become a candidate for a tibial tubercle osteotomy, further diagnostic and imaging tests, such as an X-ray, CT scan or MRI, may be necessary. After a TTO, it is wise to expect to undergo a short period of rest and limited activity. This will then typically be followed by a rehabilitation process usually involving physical therapy and medication.

To learn more about tibial tubercle osteotomies or OrthoCARE Institute, get in touch by calling us directly at 972-255-5588 or filling out the form on our Contact Us page. We look forward to speaking with you!

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