• Dr. Yuksel Yurttas

Exercises to Help Your Recovery After Limb Lengthening Surgery

The postoperative phase is the most crucial phase of a limb lengthening procedure which covers lengthening and physical therapy. Your dedication at this stage may shorten the treatment period, and your neglect may prolong the treatment period.


If you want to have leg lengthening surgery to increase your height, you should be familiar with all the steps of the whole procedure beforehand. That's because limb lengthening surgery is not only a surgical procedure but also a somewhat long journey that requires patient effort.


If you first came to this page and need to learn more about the procedure, please read the article: All you need to know about limb lengthening surgery.


Wherever you have had limb lengthening surgery, it is helpful to do some easy exercises that we have shared below. Here are some basic exercises you can do after your surgery.

1) Bed exercises


After the limb lengthening surgery, you start bed exercises during the hospitalization phase. The first exercise you will do will be to move the ankle back and forth while lying on your back. This exercise accelerates blood circulation and is essential for faster recovery of edema in the legs.

2) Stretching exercises


After the limb lengthening surgery, while the bones lengthen, the muscles, tendons, nerves, vessels, and soft tissues around the bone also lengthen. That's why stretching exercises are vital after surgery. Stretching exercises that will be taught to you by our healthcare team should be done regularly and in a disciplined manner.


> Raise your right leg as high as possible while lying on your back and keeping your pelvis flat on the bed. Next, hold your lower thigh and pull it toward your head. To stretch your calf, flex your bottom foot. After 30 seconds, switch sides.

3) Strengthening exercises


Since the body is not as active as before during heightening, a decrease in muscle mass is common. To prevent this, strengthening exercises are recommended. Strength exercises can start one or two months after the operation, depending on the patient's condition.

> Lay down on your back. As you slowly slide your heel toward your buttock, bend the knee of your surgical leg. Allow yourself to slide as far as possible and hold for 5 seconds. Then, return to the starting position gradually and repeat.

4) Balance exercises


As you get taller after leg lengthening surgery, your body's center of balance also changes. For this reason, you need to do balance exercises to prevent swaying while walking and find the natural walking position. Also, you should increase the time allotted to balance exercises towards the end of the lengthening phase.


> Stand on your walker with both hands. Raise your left knee as high as possible. Lower it, then raise your right knee. Repeat on the other side for a total of 20 repetitions.


Postoperative care with Dr.Yuksel Yurttas


Patients who prefer Dr. Yuksel Yurttas can continue the treatment program in their country or our preoperative care facility after their procedure.


We offer three physical therapy sessions after surgery for patients who will return to their country and provide a comprehensive exercise program for them to do at home.


For our patients who want to continue their treatment and physical therapy in Turkey, we provide excellent patient care under the supervision of our doctor and follow their progress until full recovery. Get detailed information about our services.


Whether you continue your treatment at home or in Turkey after the surgery, we provide 24/7 medical support and follow your progress until you fully recover.


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