Joint sparing procedures are intended to modify the weight-bearing conditions of the joint to ensure that the patient can preserve the worn joint for as long as possible without the need for an artificial joint.
During a joint sparing procedure, we usually change the weight-bearing axis of the joint by changing the position of the bone. These procedures are typically performed as open surgery. The patient will often spend one night recovering in hospital.
Recovery from joint sparing procedures is highly individual. Crutches are generally used for 6–12 weeks. The length of sick leave depends on the nature of the patient’s work. Often, sick leave of several months is required.