Richard is a very fit and active 56-year old gentleman who has his own business. After his own internet research he went forward with a double-level (femur and tibia) osteotomy, and has not regretted it.
He developed medial knee pain on the left side and noticed quite a bowing of his leg which was getting progressively worse. He went up to London and saw some very well known orthopaedic surgeons who all recommended an osteotomy.
He did some research and found that I was considered to be an expert in osteotomy and came to see me because of my expertise. Prior to doing the surgery he had become very sedentary and was finding walking difficult and couldn't enjoy a round of golf - he could only get to the ninth hole. He used to enjoy cycling but could no longer do this.
The first time I spoke to him about osteotomy he was really quite frightened at the prospect because of what was described, but he actually looked into it in great detail and found some of my articles and videos on the internet. He read some of the blogs and heard stories from the patients and was amazed at how quickly they recovered and how predictable the results were within my practice.
After evaluation and discussion he was then booked in for an osteotomy in the autumn of 2016.
We did the X-ray analysis and he was really very bent (varus) so he required a double-level correction. So I did a closing-wedge in the femur (thighbone) on the outside and an opening wedge in the tibia (shinbone) on the inside. This allowed me to get him back to neutral and gave him a straight leg, and the post-op long leg X-rays reflect that we actually got a perfect result.
I am delighted to say that nine months down the line he is now able to walk completely pain free and walk anywhere he likes, any distance and over any sort of terrain. There is no issue with hills and he can go up and down steps once more without pain or discomfort. He is absolutely delighted with his result, as am I, and I am very grateful to Richard that he has allowed us to share his experience.