An osteotomy is a surgical operation whereby a bone is cut to shorten, lengthen, or change its alignment. It is sometimes performed to correct a hallux valgus, or to straighten a bone that has healed crookedly following a fracture. The operation is done under a general anaesthetic. Osteotomy is one method to relieve pain in arthritis, especially of the hip and knee. It is being replaced by joint replacement in the older patient.


An ostectomy is a surgical procedure in which a bone, or portion of, is removed as in a Bunionectomy.

Conditions Treated By Osteotomy

Hallux Valgus
Traumatic Injury

Symptoms Treated By Osteotomy

Crackling noise of the joint
Knee pain
Humid and cold weather increases joint pain
Joint pain
Joint stiffness