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Leg lengthening

Leg lengthening

Leg lengthening: Leg lengthening is surgery to gradually lengthen the leg over several months. The bone is cut and metal screws are inserted into the bone, extending through the skin; an external metal frame is attached to the screws. The frame is gradually moved apart, while new bone grows between the existing ends of bone.

Diseases And Conditions Treated: Leg lengthening

These diseases and conditions may be treated with the surgical procedure Leg lengthening:

  • Leg length difference of more than 5 centimeters

Other Surgical Options: Leg lengthening

Surgical procedure options to consider as an alternative for Leg lengthening may include these surgeries:

Anesthetic Requirements for Leg lengthening

These surgical anesthetic requirements for the procedure Leg lengthening may include:

Procedure Complications: Leg lengthening

Possible surgical complications of Leg lengthening may include:

Prognosis for a Good Outcome: Leg lengthening

The prognosis for a good medical outcome: The surgery is successful ~40% of the time and has many complications. A second surgery under general anesthesia is necessary to remove the hardware.

Leg lengthening: Recovery Time

Recovery period for Leg lengthening: Several weeks to several months.

Leg lengthening: Other Names

Other names for this medical surgical procedures (Leg lengthening) include:

  • Ilizarov technique of leg lengthening
  • Gradual leg lengthening

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