The Proximal Medial Tibial Osteotomy Locking Plate, part of the CZMEDITECH Osteotomy System, is pre-contoured to fit the medial proximal tibia, reducing the need for intraoperative bending and soft tissue irritation. Two plate options, standard and small, are available to accommodate varying patient anatomy. The solid midsection provides the strength necessary to sustain the osteotomy. The tapered plate end facilitates minimally invasive insertion. Three Combi holes provide the flexibility of axial compression and locking capability. The most proximal holes (plate head) and most distal holes (plate shaft) accept locking screws, aiding in angular stability. The Proximal Medial Tibial Osteotomy Locking Plates are available in commercially pure titanium.
The Proximal Medial Tibial Osteotomy Locking Plate System is a comprehensive plating system for stable fixation of osteotomies around the knee.
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As a surgical procedure designed to relieve pain in the knee, a proximal medial tibial osteotomy (PMTO) is a popular option for those with osteoarthritis. This procedure involves a cut made in the upper part of the tibia bone and then realigning the bone to reduce pressure on the knee joint. The use of a locking plate during this procedure has become increasingly common, thanks to its many advantages over other surgical methods.
In this article, we will discuss the use of a proximal medial tibial osteotomy locking plate, its benefits, and the procedure involved in its application.
A proximal medial tibial osteotomy locking plate is a surgical tool used to stabilize the tibia bone after a PMTO procedure. The plate is typically made of titanium or stainless steel and is designed to be attached to the bone using screws. The locking mechanism of the plate allows for strong fixation to the bone, which promotes healing and provides long-lasting stability to the joint.
The use of a locking plate during a PMTO procedure provides several benefits, including:
Increased stability: The locking mechanism of the plate provides a stable foundation for the bone to heal, reducing the risk of complications and increasing the chance of successful outcomes.
Reduced healing time: Because the plate provides additional support to the bone, the healing time is typically shorter than with other surgical methods.
Lower risk of infection: The use of a locking plate reduces the risk of infection because the screws used to attach it to the bone do not penetrate the skin.
Minimal scarring: The use of a locking plate results in minimal scarring because the incision made during the procedure is small.
The PMTO locking plate procedure is typically performed by an orthopedic surgeon and involves the following steps:
The patient is given general anesthesia to ensure they are comfortable throughout the procedure.
The surgeon makes a small incision on the inside of the knee to access the tibia bone.
The surgeon uses a saw to make a cut in the upper part of the tibia bone. The bone is then realigned to reduce pressure on the knee joint.
The surgeon attaches the locking plate to the tibia bone using screws. The plate is placed on the inside of the bone to avoid irritation of the skin.
The incision is closed with stitches, and a bandage is applied to the knee.
Recovery from a PMTO locking plate procedure typically takes 6 to 8 weeks. During this time, the patient must avoid putting weight on the affected knee and use crutches to move around. Physical therapy is also recommended to help with the healing process and improve range of motion in the knee joint.
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with a PMTO locking plate procedure, including:
Blood vessel damage
Allergic reaction to anesthesia
It is important to discuss these risks with your orthopedic surgeon before undergoing the procedure.
Is a PMTO locking plate the only option for knee osteoarthritis?
No, there are several other surgical options for knee osteoarthritis, including knee replacement surgery and arthroscopy. It is important to discuss all options with your orthopedic surgeon to determine which is the best option for you.
Is the PMTO locking plate procedure painful?
Most patients experience some pain and discomfort after the procedure, but this can be managed with pain medication prescribed by your surgeon.
Can I resume normal activities after a PMTO locking plate procedure?
It is important to follow your surgeon's instructions regarding activity levels after the procedure. You may be advised to avoid certain activities for a period of time to allow for proper healing.
How long does it take to fully recover from a PMTO locking plate procedure?
The full recovery time can vary depending on several factors, including the patient's age, overall health, and the extent of the procedure. In general, it takes 6 to 8 weeks for the bone to fully heal, but it may take longer to regain full range of motion in the knee joint. Physical therapy can help speed up the recovery process.
A proximal medial tibial osteotomy locking plate is an effective surgical tool for those suffering from knee osteoarthritis. The use of this plate provides several benefits, including increased stability, reduced healing time, and minimal scarring. As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications, but with proper care and follow-up, most patients experience successful outcomes. If you are considering a PMTO locking plate procedure, it is important to discuss all options and potential risks with your orthopedic surgeon to determine if it is the right choice for you.