Angular leg correction adults – The axis of the long bones of the leg has a natural curve that may vary among individuals. Deviation of curvature may occur by genetic cause, or may develop later in life and depends on age, lifestyle, and possible trauma (accidents). If angulated bones cause complaints, treatment may be indicated. Angular leg correction in adults is a relatively common procedure within orthopedic medicine. This procedure is offered in Dubai by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital (AACSH) by a highly experienced orthopedic surgeon.
What is Angular Correction?
Patients sometimes develop so-called ‘bowed legs’; the knees are pointing outside and both legs together look a bit like the letter “O”. Complaints will most likely develop on the inside of the knee. If both legs are pointing inside, both legs together look like the letter “X”; this we call ‘knock knees’. Complaints, in this case, will most likely develop on the outside of the knee. Angular correction procedure aims to straighten the legs by surgical intervention.
Diagnosis will be established through physical examination by the orthopedic surgeon, evaluation of walking pattern, and X-ray images.
Posture mal-alignments (angulated legs) often occur by arthritis (wear) and sometimes have a genetic cause. Also, lifestyle, like sports or lack of exercise, may have an influence. Sometimes angulation may consist due to trauma like a fracture of the bone. On rare occasions, specific diseases may be caused by mal-alignments such as rachitis, metabolic abnormalities, or skeletal dysplasia.
Signs and Symptoms
Mal-alignments (angulated legs) may cause several complaints. This can vary from feeling tired easily, to pain in the hip, knee, and/or ankle joint. Specific wear of the knee joint may cause pain at the inside or outside of the joint. Patients may experience weakness of the leg: the sensation of losing control.
How does the Angular Correction work?
When suffering from “O” shaped legs (pain on inside knee joint):
Surgical correction of the lower leg. A cut is made and the alignment of the bone is corrected. The bone will be supported by plate & screw construction for support (see image). The procedure will take about 1,5 hours.
When suffering from “X” shaped legs (pain on outside knee joint):
Surgical correction of the upper leg. A cut is made and the alignment of the bone is corrected. The bone will be supported by plate & screw construction for support (see image). The procedure will take about 1,5 hours.
All implants (plate & screws) will be removed by minor surgery when the relevant leg is straight, approximately 12 months after surgery.
Who needs Angular Correction?
Patients who suffer from angular deformities in the upper and/or lower leg with complaints like pain, difficulty at walking (gait pattern), and deviated posture.
Consult your Orthopedic Surgeon for Treatment Options
Before you undergo angular correction surgery, you must consult your orthopedic surgeon. You must present all your medical history records and the list of medications you are taking and have taken in the past. The surgeon will guide you in your preparation for the surgery.
Preparing Before Surgery
Before the surgery, you must consider certain preparation. You must follow a healthy diet and lifestyle. You must take proper medication to bring your body parameters like blood pressure and blood sugar level to normal values. If you have any bad habits like smoking, you should quit this.
You Should Know
Here are certain facts that you should know about angular correction surgery:
- Surgery Duration
- The duration of the surgery is about 1,5 hours but will depend on every specific situation
- Recovery Time
- The recovery time for the patient depends on the health condition of the person. The healing process is fastened in the presence of good health. One day after surgery the bone will be observed by the doctor with the use of X-ray photos, this will be repeated after 6 weeks. When the bone is healed enough the patient may start wait bearing, depending on the judgment of the doctor. Two weeks after surgery the wound will be checked by a doctor.
- The surgeon decides whether to choose local or general anesthesia depending on the patient’s immunity, resistance power, and neurological condition.
- Stay in Hospital
- After the angular correction surgery, the surgeon prefers to monitor the health of the patient. For that reason, they recommend their patient stay in the hospital after the surgery for a few days.
Expectations after Surgery
The aim of treatment is to diminish angular deformity and decrease associated complaints. Improving the quality of life may take rehabilitation and therefore time. Partial weight-bearing on the operated leg is mandatory for a certain period of time following surgery.
Like any other surgery, an angular correction procedure has a certain risks. The surgery can be associated with bleeding, infection, compartment syndrome and other effects. Always consult your doctor when;
- The wound starts leaking
- The wound feels hot, swollen, or extreme painful
- Patient develops a fever over 38.5 C
Cost of Angular Correction
Angular Deformity Correction cost can be estimated after consultation with the orthopedic surgeon.