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  • Dr. Yuksel Yurttas

Can You Run After Leg Lengthening Surgery?

One of the most frequently asked questions about leg lengthening surgery is whether it is possible to run after the procedure. The answer is yes - once you have fully recovered from leg lengthening surgery, you can engage in all physical activities, including running.

To understand how this is achieved, it's helpful to understand the different stages of limb lengthening surgery and treatment.

Limb lengthening surgery involves using the body's natural ability to regenerate new bone. The procedure begins with an osteotomy, during which the orthopedic surgeon cuts the bone that needs to be lengthened. The bone is then stabilized with external or internal fixation devices or frames.

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Post-surgery X-ray of a patient in the lengthening phase of LON method leg lengthening, showing the gradual separation of the femur to promote new bone growth during the lengthening phase.

The recovery process is divided into two phases. During the first phase, the bone that has been cut is gradually pulled apart in the distraction phase to encourage new bone growth at the site of the cut. This is done by opening the gap between the ends of the bone by 0.25 mm four times a day, for a total of 1 mm per day. This promotes the continuous growth of new bone tissue in the gap until the desired length of bone has been achieved.

Once the desired length of bone has been reached, the second phase of recovery begins. This consolidation phase allows the new bone tissue to solidify and become strong enough to withstand the stresses of everyday activities.

After the consolidation phase is complete, the fixation devices or frames can be removed, and the patient can return to their normal level of physical activity. It's typically 6 to 12 months after the surgery, with doctor's approval before patients can start performance-requiring physical activities such as running, jumping, and weight-lifting.

In conclusion, once the lengthened bones are fully consolidated and with the doctor's approval (6 to 12 months after the surgery), patients can start performance-requiring physical activities such as running, jumping, and weight-lifting.

However, it's crucial to note that this period depends on many variables. Limb lengthening procedures have various side effects, complications, and risks, as with any minor or major surgery. To avoid these risks, we provide 24/7 medical support to our patients until they are fully recovered or even able to run at full performance.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact us now for a free consultation. WhatsApp +90 533 973 5289 or E-mail:

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