Limb Lengthening Methods
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What is limb lengthening surgery?
Limb lengthening surgery is a revolutionary procedure that utilizes the body's natural ability to regenerate new bone, allowing individuals to increase their height. The surgeon performs an osteotomy, carefully cutting the bone that needs to be lengthened. To ensure stability during the recovery process, the surgeon uses a variety of external and internal fixation devices or frames.
The recovery process is divided into two phases: the distraction phase and the recovery phase. During the distraction phase, the bone is gradually pulled apart to promote new bone growth. The specifics of this phase, including the frequency and amount of distraction, are tailored to each patient and can vary depending on the method used. Typically, the distraction rate is 0.25 mm or 0.33 mm per day, and the lengthening process takes approximately 60 days for 6 cm and 80 days for 8 cm.
During the recovery phase, the lengthened bone consolidates and heals. The patient gradually puts more weight on their legs and starts walking without support. After full recovery, all physical activities and sports can be resumed. We offer the most advanced limb lengthening methods, including Precice Stryde, Precice 2, and LON, with the highest success rates and the most affordable prices.
How can I choose the most suitable limb lengthening method?
When choosing the most suitable limb lengthening method, there are several factors to consider. Our clinic, led by world-renowned orthopedic surgeon Prof. Dr. Yuksel Yurttas and his team, offers the following options:
The LON method combines internal and external fixation, allowing a maximum height gain of 5-7 cm for the tibia and 8-9 cm for the femur. Therefore, it has a shorter recovery time for returning to daily life, just 15 days after surgery. However, it should be noted that patients will have limited mobility due to the external fixators, and they must follow the surgeon's instructions carefully during the entire treatment. The LON method involves using external fixators for 2.5-3 months. Once the lengthening phase is completed, the external fixators are removed, and patients can gradually return to their daily life and increase the weight they put on their legs as the bone heals. Most patients reach a point where they can walk without assistance within 4-5 months after the surgery. The process of bone healing typically takes 5-6 months, and full recovery, including regaining strength and mobility, takes 9-12 months. Additionally, this method requires wound and pin site care, regular exercises, and physiotherapy to support the healing process.
The Precice 2 method is an internal fixation method that uses a titanium nail. It allows for a maximum height gain of 6 cm for the tibia and 8 cm for the femur. During the lengthening phase, patients are required to use a wheelchair. The recovery time for returning to daily life is estimated at 3-4 months, with bone healing taking 5-6 months and full recovery occurring within 9-12 months. It also includes regular exercises and physiotherapy as part of the recovery process.
The Precice Stryde method was an internal fixation method that uses a weight-bearing nail, which allows patients to walk during the lengthening phase. It also allowed for a maximum height gain of 6 cm for the tibia and 8 cm for the femur. However, the production of this method has been stopped and it is not available worldwide.
What is the reason for the price difference between limb lengthening methods?
The main reason for the price difference between limb lengthening methods is the type of technology and equipment used. The LON method is a combination of internal and external fixation, which is generally less expensive than the Precice 2 method, which uses a magnetic titanium nail for internal fixation. Additionally, the Precice Stryde method, which allowed for weight-bearing during the lengthening phase, was even more expensive than the Precice 2 method, but is no longer available worldwide. The cost of the surgery also depends on various factors such as the hospital, surgeon's experience, and location.
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