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Limb shortening

Limb shortening

Limb shortening: Limb shortening is surgery to shorten a limb that is longer than the opposite limb. For adults or children whose bones are no longer growing, surgery involves cutting out a section of bone and joining the new ends with a metal plate and screws, or a surgical rod to hold the bone together as it heals.

Diseases And Conditions Treated: Limb shortening

These diseases and conditions may be treated with the surgical procedure Limb shortening:

  • Limb length difference of more than 5 centimeters

Other Surgical Options: Limb shortening

Surgical procedure options to consider as an alternative for Limb shortening may include these surgeries:

Anesthetic Requirements for Limb shortening

These surgical anesthetic requirements for the procedure Limb shortening may include:

Procedure Complications: Limb shortening

Possible surgical complications of Limb shortening may include:

Prognosis for a Good Outcome: Limb shortening

The prognosis for a good medical outcome: The prognosis is good for achieving a defined limb length.

Limb shortening: Recovery Time

Recovery period for Limb shortening: Eight weeks on crutches and hardware removal at 1 year.

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