During a TTO the tubercle is detached from the bone with a saw cut and moved to a new position and usually held in position to heal with screws.
The tubercle can be moved more towards the inner side of the knee (medial), more towards the ankle (distal) or more away from the bone (anterior) depending on the patient’s anatomy and the indications to perform the surgery.
The main indications are
Complications are uncommon but can include
After surgery your leg will be in a brace. You’ll be able to bear full weight on the leg limited by pain. The brace will allow progressively more bend at the knee over a period of 8 weeks. This surgery will require intense rehabilitation (see rehab protocols) and involves significant muscle wasting which can take 9-12 months to rehabilitate from.
Dr Seeto in affiliation with Medibank Private and East Sydney Private hospital, offers a program for eligible Medibank Private Members, to eliminate medical out of pocket costs for your Knee Replacement.
The program includes a pre-surgery preparation program, spending the minimal time necessary in hospital, as well as home rehabilitation if necessary.