In January 2018, I underwent a Tibial Osteotomy operation at the One Hatfield Hospital in the UK. I had been suffering from the onset of arthritis on my right knee and needed a solution that would avoid a knee replacement operation and get my life back to some level of normality.
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Was having the Tibial Osteotomy worth it?
No doubt there have been some days recently where I have been questioning myself on the same point. I have started to feel some of the pre-operation pain from time to time in the last few months. As I had the metal plated removed 6 months ago, there is still some pain and swelling as the bone re-grows- I may confusing this pain with what I experienced a few years ago. I need to see in another 6 months.
The Osteotomy is not a miracle cure: rather it has halted the arthritis and its pain giving the patient many aspects of an active lifestyle back.
The inevitable action of a knee replacement is just deferred and on that point I would say yes, it has been worth it.
What would have happened if you didn’t have the operation?
It would have been expensive physio sessions and Cortisone steroid injections while I wait for a knee replacement (partial or full). I am still in my 40’s so what happens after 15 years ? Knee replacements are meant to last between 15-20 years right?
What changes have you noticed?
My leg is a lot straighter than it was before. I am more active now and travelling is back on the agenda.
I am losing weight but its not fast enough. I guess I am more cautious in not pushing myself too much and I need to rest up more.
What lifestyle changes have you made since the operation 1.5 years on?
- Eating a healthier diet and trying to lose weight.
- Keeping to the physio strength exercises as a regular routine
- Building strength and stamina around the knee (I never did this before and has made a big difference)
- Knowing my limits and resting more
Would you have the same operation on the other knee?
I am experiencing pain in my left knee but it is not as painful as my right knee. I am 50/50 at the moment as the operation/ recovery time/ adjusting to work is not easy and takes a lot out of a person. Maybe a question to ask next year.
If you have any questions, drop me a question in the comments boxand I will be happy to share my experiences with you.