A bone wedge is a wedge-shaped piece of bone, generally either removed or inserted during an osteotomy.

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laminar spreaders opening the bone during high tibial osteotomy

 

high tibial osteotomy

 

Opening- and closing-wedge osteotomy

An osteotomy is a surgical procedure to cut and re-align a bone. In an 'opening wedge' osteotomy, laminar spreaders open the wedge in the bone which is held in the new position with a plate and screws until new bone fills the gap. In a closing wedge osteotomy, a wedge of bone is removed and the gap closed and plated.

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Synonyms: 
opening-wedge
closing-wedge
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Dr Sheila Strover (Editor)
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