The ideal osteotomy is one in which the existing deformity is corrected with a minimal displacement of the fragments. In spite of extreme care in performing transverse osteotomy, there may take place a considerable malalinement of the ends of the bone. This accident may cause a delay in the union, necessitate manipulation under anesthesia, or, in extreme cases, require surgical intervention.
In an endeavor to insure better results after osteotomy, a procedure was instituted which depends on the principle that if a series of longitudinal osteotomies are made about the circumference of a bone, they will so weaken the structure that it will yield in any direction to bending or twisting forces, and still maintain the continuity of the bone.
METHOD OF MAKING LONGITUDINAL INCISIONS IN THE BONE
An incision about 5 cm. in length is made through the skin over the site selected for correction. The incision is carried