Offered Orthopaedic Treatment

Limb lengthening is a gradual process commonly used to treat differences in bone length through new bone and soft tissue growth, this procedure is performed by Limb Lenthening Expert. Regeneration of bone and soft tissue occur as they are gently pulled apart at an approximate rate of one millimeter per day. The total amount of time required for the limb lengthening process is dependent on the length of growth needed in each individual case.

Limb lengthening consists of two phases:

  • The distraction phase: during which the limb is lengthened to its desired measurement
  • The consolidation phase: as the newly formed bone hardens and calcifies to its full strength.
  • To protect the bone during these phases, the process of lengthening is performed using either internal or external fixation devices attached to the bony fragments. The treatment options depend on the individual deformity.


Lengthening is done using Ilizarov fixator or a Monorail Fixator.

Ilizarov Fixator or a Monorail Fixator

These methods are gentle to the surrounding tissues and therefore, are associated with a low risk for infection. Stability is provided by a frame situated outside the body. It is attached by pins to bone above and below the corticotomy. The pins transfer mechanical stresses to the frame, allowing the site to heal and the patient to function during treatment. To avoid infection, the reconstruction takes place between the sets of pins and avoids the use of internal hardware. Limb Lenth discrepancy surgical correction is done to balance the unequal condition of limb.

For sake of patient understanding, the photo gallery shows pictures and videos of patients before surgery (with short limb) and after surgery (with equal limb lengths).

 

Lengthening using Ilizarov

Short Leg Before Surgery

Short Leg Before Surgery

After Ilizarov Surgery

After Ilizarov Surgery

Immediate Post Surgery X-Ray

Immediate Post Surgery X-Ray

After Lengthening with Ilizarov

After Lengthening with Ilizarov

Legs Equal

Legs Equal

Legs Equal

Legs Equal

     
Walking Before Surgery
 
Walking After Surgery
 
     
Lengthening using Rail Fixator  

Deformity Before Surgery

Deformity Before Surgery

Short Leg

Short Leg

Before Surgery

Before Surgery

Immediately After Surgery - Leg Straight

Immediately After Surgery - Leg Straight

X-Ray Before Surgery

X-Ray Before Surgery

X-Ray Immediately After Surgery

X-Ray Immediately After Surgery

Note Beginning of Bone Lengthening

Note Beginning of Bone Lengthening

Further Lengthening

Further Lengthening

Legs Equal After Lengthening

Legs Equal After Lengthening

After Lengthening Complete After Lengthening Complete

Final X-Ray (R)

Final X-Ray

Final X-Ray

Final X-Ray

     
Walking Before Surgery
 
Walking Presently

 

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