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  • Writer's pictureDr. Yuksel Yurttas

Exercise and Physical Activity After Limb Lengthening Surgery: Do's and Don'ts

Leg lengthening surgery has gained popularity in recent years as an effective way to increase height and improve self-confidence for many people. As with any surgical procedure, recovery plays a crucial role in achieving optimal results. While recovering from limb lengthening surgery, it's essential to maintain a balance between rest and exercise to ensure proper healing and prevent complications. This article focuses on the do's and don'ts of exercise and physical activity after cosmetic limb lengthening surgery, helping you make informed decisions about your post-operative care.

Importance of Exercise and Physical Activity

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Surgeon assessing a patient's flexibility as part of the exercise and physical activity recommendations after leg lengthening surgery

A well-structured exercise program can help improve joint mobility, muscle strength, and overall endurance after limb lengthening surgery. Moreover, physical activity can boost circulation, reduce inflammation, and promote bone healing.

Precautions Before Starting Exercise

It's essential to consult your surgeon or physical therapist before starting any exercise regimen, as they can provide personalized recommendations based on your specific needs and recovery progress.

Do's: Exercises to Perform

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Post-surgery exercise and physical activity improve mobility, strength, and bone healing in leg lengthening recovery.

Range of Motion Exercises

These exercises help maintain joint flexibility and prevent stiffness. Gentle movements of the affected limb, like bending and straightening, can be beneficial.


Stretching exercises can help improve flexibility and prevent muscle tightness. Focus on gentle stretches for the muscles surrounding the lengthened leg.

Strengthening Exercises

Strengthening exercises help build muscle mass and support the affected limb. Start with isometric exercises (where you contract the muscle without moving the joint) and progress to dynamic exercises as recommended by your therapist.

Low-Impact Aerobic Activities

Low-impact aerobic activities like walking, cycling, or swimming can improve cardiovascular fitness without putting excessive stress on the healing bone.

Don'ts: Exercises to Avoid

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Avoid high-impact exercises, heavy lifting, and overstretching until you've fully recovered.

High-Impact Activities

Avoid high-impact activities like running, jumping, or playing contact sports, as they can cause damage to the healing bone and delay recovery.

Heavy Weightlifting

Refrain from lifting heavy weights, especially with the affected limb, as it can put excessive pressure on the bone and surrounding structures.


Overstretching can cause injury and impede recovery. Always stretch within your comfort range and avoid pushing your body beyond its limits.

Tips for Safe Recovery

Gradual Progression

It's crucial to progress gradually with your exercise program. Start with light activities and increase intensity and duration as your body adapts and your surgeon or therapist approves.

Consultation with a Physical Therapist

Working with a physical therapist can help ensure you're performing exercises correctly and safely. They can also help you set realistic goals and monitor your progress throughout the recovery process.

Listen to Your Body

Pay attention to your body's signals during exercise. If you experience pain, discomfort, or excessive fatigue, stop the activity and consult your healthcare professional.


Recovering from limb lengthening surgery requires a careful balance of rest and exercise. By following the do's and don'ts outlined in this article, you can safely engage in physical activity while avoiding potential complications. Always consult your surgeon or physical therapist before starting any exercise program and remember to listen to your body throughout the process.


  1. How soon can I start exercising after limb lengthening surgery? After reaching the desired height and the lengthening phase is over, the bone needs to heal, which can take 6-12 months. In general, patients can expect to start walking normally 4-5 months after surgery and can resume most physical activities effectively after 6 months. Always consult your healthcare professional before beginning any exercise program.

  2. Can I participate in sports after limb lengthening surgery? Once you have fully recovered and received clearance from your surgeon, you may be able to participate in sports. It's essential to gradually return to activity and follow your surgeon's guidance.

  3. How long does it take to fully recover from limb lengthening surgery? In advanced limb lengthening methods such as the LON method (Lengthening Over Nail) and Precice, the lengthening phase typically takes 2-3 months. Following this, the process of bone healing takes about 5-6 months. In total, full recovery, including regaining strength and mobility, can take 9-12 months. However, the recovery timeline can vary depending on factors such as the patient's age, bone density, overall health, and commitment to rehabilitation.

  4. Is it normal to feel pain or discomfort during exercise after limb lengthening surgery? Some discomfort during exercise is normal, but it should not be unbearable. If you experience significant pain or discomfort, stop the activity and consult your healthcare professional.

  5. Will my athletic abilities decrease or be affected after limb lengthening surgery? Your athletic abilities may be temporarily affected during the recovery period after limb lengthening surgery. However, with proper rehabilitation, including a well-structured exercise program and guidance from healthcare professionals, most patients can regain their pre-surgery athletic abilities. In some cases, patients may even experience improved performance due to increased limb length and strength gained during the recovery process. It is essential to follow your surgeon's and physical therapist's recommendations and be patient during the healing process.

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