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Old 04-01-2007, 12:34 PM   #1
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tibial tubercle osteotomy on knee - any good stories

I just found out from my knee specialist that I need a tibial tubercle osteotomy done to my right knee. Has anyone ever had this done with good results? Forgive me but I beg only post if you have had good results. I have had lousy foot surgeries already and don't think I can stand to hear any bad news on this surgery. It may be naive of me but it has to be done. I don't want to get scared out of my witts.

Has anyone had one of these? What is it like after the surgery? I have to stay in the hospital overnight. Is it going to kill like hell afterwards? My guess yes on this one!

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Old 10-08-2010, 08:06 AM   #2
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DO NOT HAVE THIS SURGERY! It is the most painful thing I have gone thru. There surgery is an out patient surgery. One year later I have to have another one. I wish I would have gotten a second opinion. The TTT is an outdated surgery, there are other invasive surgeries that are available now days.

Get a second opioin!!

Old 10-17-2010, 09:04 AM   #3
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I had an osteomoty with external fixation 10 years ago and it bought me 10 years postponing a TKA. Just had TKA 7 weeks ago. Actually, I had an osteomoty of the same R tibia about 30 years ago as well. Both times the recovery was not much worse than a broken leg. Osteomoty results in bone pain. It is not fun but , in my experience, nothing like bone pain with soft tissues also being assaulted (as in TKA).

Old 10-20-2010, 11:55 AM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback. I have not had great success with my surgery. I will have another one in a couple weeks to repair/fix what was missing by the old surgeon.

Old 02-09-2011, 02:50 PM   #5
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Re: tibial tubercle osteotomy on knee - any good stories

I am an 18 year old athlete who had to have this procedure done about eighteen months ago. After two failed lateral releases (the result of playing soccer and snowboarding), my doctor at Childrens Hospital Boston decided that a tibial tubercle osteotomy was the best chance I had at walking (I could barely walk before the surgery) and living a normal life. I am so glad that he made that decision! The surgery, although painful and frustrating at times, really did change my life and how I was able to revert back to an active lifestyle without further complications. I stayed overnight after surgery and was home the next morning with a CPM for a few weeks. That was probably the worst part since I had to increase the ROM every couple of days which was painful, but probably would have been much easier had I stayed on the machine 24/7. I had difficulty sleeping with it on so I would often take it off after about 30 minutes in bed. The advice I can offer is to be patient and do the exercises that you are supposed to several times a day even if they are painful. As of now, I am not back to playing soccer (more of a confidence issue), but I do snowboard and have even gained enough confidence to do jumping exercises when I go to the gym. I go on runs often and lift wrights pretty much every day to keep my knee strong. I still have a slightly smaller VMO and quad in my left side which will probably be the same for the rest of my life since I spent about five years in and out of surgery with not much time to rehabilitate. I am glad that I did opt to do the surgery even though my parents weren't so sure and I know that it may have prevented future osteoarthritis or at least increased the time until the effects will hit. As much as the pain is, find a good, practiced surgeon, and be patient. With hard work and determination, this surgery is a life saver!

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Old 02-14-2011, 11:53 AM   #6
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Re: tibial tubercle osteotomy on knee - any good stories

I had this procedure done about 15 years ago. It was after a failed lateral release. It was a tough recovery mainly because I was not able to do anything for a few months and stuck in the leg brace for 8 weeks. It does hurt, especially when you tighten your quad muscles accidently. But, once I was fully recovered and rehab was finished, I was great. No problems at all and my knee is still in great shape. I did need to have a scope done a few years ago to clean up the back of my kneecap and they took the screws out at the same time. It's still a little funny when kneeling down because I have that strange bump where the bone was moved to but that's my only complaint which is nothing compared to what I was going through before the surgery. Go to someone that does this type of surgery on a regular basis if you want the absolute best results.

Old 01-04-2012, 11:31 AM   #7
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sec3434, your post gives me some hope! I'm a 27 year-old snowboarder and I'm going to have the surgery next year. How soon could you go back to activities? Could you kneel at all?

Old 06-19-2012, 06:00 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by jenjenm View Post
Hi, I'm Jen. I had a tibial tubercle osteotomy with an open lateral release 7 weeks ago. I only had to stay in the hospital overnight. The recovery has been easier than the arthroscopic lateral release I had in October 2008. The only down side to this surgery is that I had to wear a knee immobilizer for 6 weeks.
Hi Jen, may i ask why the recovery from this much more invasive surgery was easier than the arthroscopy? I have the option to do either or (artho lateral release or tubercle osteotomy). I have heard mixed results from the lateral release and only and considering it because its much less invasive. Please let me know i, i am schedualed for july 16 for the osteotomy :/

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