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J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2008 May;90(5):592-6. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.90B5.20386.

The long-term outcome of high tibial osteotomy: a ten- to 20-year follow-up.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Nagano Matsushiro General Hospital, 183 Matsushiro, Nagano City 381-1231, Japan.


We carried out a prospective study of 132 patients (159 knees) who underwent closed-wedge high tibial osteotomy for severe medial compartment osteoarthritis between 1988 and 1997. A total of 94 patients (118 knees) was available for review at a mean of 16.4 years (16 to 20). Seven patients (7.4%) (11 knees) required conversion to total knee replacement. Kaplan-Meier survival was 97.6% (95% confidence interval 95.0 to 100) at ten years and 90.4% (95% confidence interval 84.1 to 96.7) at 15 years. Excellent and good results as assessed by the Hospital for Special Surgery knee score were achieved in 87 knees (73.7%). A pre-operative body mass index > 27.5 kg/m(2) and range of movement < 100 degrees were risk factors predicting early failure. Although our long-term results were satisfactory, strict indications for osteotomy are required if long-term survival is required.

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