Sunday, May 8, 2011

Fulkerson Osteotomy

Hi Everybody!

Happy Mother's Day, and Happy Morning-After-Pacquaio-Wins!!
I've gotten some good questions in my comments, so I'll answer a few basic ones over the next few days. First up:
What Kind of Surgery is this?

I'm getting a Fulkerson Osteotomy. The procedure involves the surgeon cutting a large incision over my knee. Then he saws off the top part of my tibia, where the knee cap attaches. He then moves this bone sideways/up and down until he gets the angle of the joint in its proper place. Once he's found the best angle, he screws down the bone with two screws, and I get a nice 6" long scar down my shin and no more bones rubbing together inside my joint!

Here's an x-ray of what it looks like:



~m.m.

49 comments:

  1. The picture looks like something that would be in a Saw movie haha.

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  2. Looks like a Fulkerson osteotomy to help correct bow legs but the detached bone with the screws going through it so as to attach it to the main bone makes me unsure.

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  3. Sawing... off.. bone? Yeahhhhhh, just breaking my bones is too much for me. Get a video and upload it? Lol.

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  4. Well jeez... Good luck, I imagine there will be some pain during the recovery.

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  5. AHHHHHHHHHHH

    i wouldn't even care about the pain, just the thought of them being inside my leg puts me off :(
    i'm sure you'll do fine though

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  6. wow, hopefully you should be fine after this

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  7. Also, for some cheering up, I gave you a Sunshine Award, check it out! http://astropirate.blogspot.com/2011/05/sunshine-award.html

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  8. Oh god, I can't imagine that felt too good. But hey, no more bones rubbing together!

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  9. Omg this made me sooo squeemish lol

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  10. i hope your surgery goes well... i hope pacman gets to fight mayweather soon

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  11. A Fulkerson Osteotomy, not something I could say three times fast.

    Good Luck is surgery.

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  12. I couldn't find anything for my mom :S Hope your surgery goes well!

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  13. Now I get the "Super Painful Invasive Knee Surgery" part...

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  14. Ouchies! Much luck to you :)

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  15. This looks rough! Can't watch!

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  16. Oh wow, have a speedy recovery.

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  17. Thats not going to be any fun at all. I hope everything goes okay. They'll have you back up and running in now time.

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  18. wow. good luck & recover quickly!

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  19. This post is making me hungry...not really

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  20. Good luck with the surgery! I'm sure all will be fine - and you'll be even better once you'll have a knee that works properly.

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  21. Pretty intense stuff. Good luck!

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  22. I now feel lucky I dont have to go through this.

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  23. dayum. you're gonna be a bionic woman. well i'm definitely following to see how this goes.

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  24. Good luck. And thanks for bringing up Pacquaio winning. He's the only boxer I like anymore.

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  25. My friend had a knee operation a year ago. He walked very soon after it, he doesn't have any problems nowdays (or at least he says so)
    Good luck with recovery, it will heal nicely ;)

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  26. damn that looks ouchy D: good luck with the surgery! :)

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  27. How you describe the surgery makes me cringe. Sometimes it's hard to imagine cutting people open and messing with their insides can help them or save their life.

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  28. That looks like the complete opposite of a good time.

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  29. When you mentioned Mother's day I was terrified because I had forgotten about it.. Then I remembered I live in Europe.

    Good luck with the surgery, following :D

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  30. That scar is going to be so hot!

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  31. Good luck with the surgery. My sis-in-law has had both her knees done and other than long recoveries is fine. I'm sure you will come out roses.

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