An osteochondroma is a benign tumor. These most commonly occur in the knee region but can be seen in almost any bone. Dependent on the size, shape and location, these lesions may cause symptoms and affect a patient’s range of motion. Osteochondromas also can cause pain from soft-tissue irritation, compression of neurovascular structures or the growing osteochondroma pushing adjacent bones apart.
Dr. Chudik makes a limited open incision over the lesion. The tissues are retracted to visualize the osteochondroma. Using X-ray guidance, Dr. Chudik begins removing the lesion at the base with resection of the periosteum. The symptomatic lesion(s) is then removed and the wound is properly sutured closed. Following this procedure, the patient may need to use crutches for balance for a few days. Formal physical therapy often is required to restore full knee strength and return to activity.
You may return to sports and activities when there is no pain and when full knee range of motion, muscle strength and endurance, and functional use has been restored.