To Grow Taller With Limb Lengthening Surgery Is Not For The Fainthearted

What is the Surgery Like?

A limb-lengthening surgery typically begins with an osteotomy. Your surgeon first makes an incision (a cut) in your skin. He then proceeds to surgically cut your bone.

That definitely sounds painful and possibly unbearable already. General anesthesia is often needed so that a patient doesn’t feel pain while the procedure is on.

After cutting a bone, your surgeon separates it and fixes the appropriate fixation device in place. It is after this is done that the growth of new bone can commence.

Patients typically stay in the hospital for about a couple of days following the surgery. During this time, they are taught the right thing to do while the process is ongoing.

Bone lengthening starts days after the surgery. Your surgeon would ideally wait until callus, or new bone forms at the point of bone cutting before attempting to lengthen.

There are basically two phases in the lengthening process, namely: distraction and consolidation.

Distraction phase

This refers to the period in which the actual lengthening takes place. It is the time after bone cutting and fixation when your surgeon gradually adjusts the lengthening device.

The broken bone is separated by a length of about one millimeter a day. During this phase, you’d also need to do physical therapy every day.

Consolidation phase

After attaining the desired or ideal length, the fixator is left alone with no further adjustments made. This is the consolidation phase.

Your surgeon stops making further adjustments to allow the new bone formed to harden.

The amount of time a person spends in this phase is dependent on their age. Children typically spend less time per centimeter of lengthening, compared to adults.



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