What is the role of osteotomy in the treatment of spasticity?

Updated: Jun 28, 2019
  • Author: Krupa Pandey, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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Osteotomy also can be used to correct a deformity. A small wedge is removed from a bone to allow it to be repositioned or reshaped. A cast is applied while the bone heals in a more natural position. This procedure is used most commonly to correct hip displacements and foot deformities. Arthrodesis is performed most commonly on the bones in the ankle and foot. It is a fusing together of bones that normally move independently, and this limits the ability of a spastic muscle to pull the joint into an abnormal position. Osteotomy and arthrodesis usually are accompanied by contracture release surgery for fuller correction of the joint deformity.


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