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  • Writer's pictureDr. Yuksel Yurttas

Consultation, Travel Plan, and Preparation Guide for Limb Lengthening Surgery

Are you thinking deeply about changing your height? Limb lengthening surgery might be what you are looking for. This journey is not just about becoming taller; it's about gaining confidence and taking a big step towards the life you wish for. But remember, it's a path that asks for patience, detailed planning, and commitment. The outcomes, however, can transform your life within months.


In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the entire process of limb lengthening surgery. We focus on three critical stages: consultation, travel planning, and preparation for the surgery. We aim to provide you with all the necessary information so you can proceed with clarity and confidence.



1. Research and Consultation: Starting Your Journey

The first step towards your new height begins with a thorough research and personalized consultation. After researching your options, you can reach out to our expert consultants who are ready to answer all your questions. During your initial contact, you'll get general information about the surgery, its benefits, and what you can expect.


If you decide to move forward, you can have a free private video session with our surgeon. This session is crucial because it allows you to ask direct questions and understand the procedure in depth. Knowing the risks, benefits, and expected outcomes is essential for making an informed decision.


2. Planning Your Travel

After choosing the surgery method and setting a date, the next step is planning your visit to Istanbul. Your travel itinerary should include:

  • Pre-operative tests and examinations: These will take about 2 days.

  • Surgery and hospital stay: This period lasts for 5-7 days.

For those opting to continue the lengthening phase with us, your stay will include:

  • Distraction (lengthening) phase: 1mm per day, 6 cm in 60 days, 9 cm in 90 days.

  • Consolidation and device removal: This takes an additional 1-3 weeks.

Upon finalizing your travel plans, book your flight and share the details with us. Our team will ensure your airport transfer and accommodation are smoothly arranged. Turkey is known for its hospitality and ease of travel, with many countries benefiting from visa exemptions or e-visas.


3. Preparing for Your Surgery

Preparation is key to a smooth and successful surgery experience. Here are some tips to help you prepare:

  • Physical Preparation: Start stretching exercises a few months or weeks before your surgery date.

  • Mental Preparation: Engage in activities that relax you. Meditation can be very helpful.

  • Medications: Inform your doctor about any medications you’re taking.

  • Lifestyle Changes: Cease smoking and alcohol consumption at least a week before the surgery.

  • Diet and Sleep: Maintain a balanced diet and ensure you get plenty of rest.


Upon your arrival in Istanbul, we encourage you to explore this beautiful city. You’ll have the chance to enjoy a city tour and taste the local cuisine at some of Istanbul’s finest restaurants. Before the surgery, you will also need to undergo a series of tests and examinations, including:


  • Ortho X-ray (Orthoroentgenogram): This advanced radiography method measures anatomical leg length and calculates leg-length discrepancies.

  • Blood Test

  • X-ray

  • Anesthesia Examination

  • Bone Density Test (if necessary)

  • Height Measurement

  • General Health Examination


4. Preparing for What Comes After Surgery

The journey doesn't end with the surgery; in fact, a new phase begins. This phase is about healing, adapting, and moving towards your new normal. While we covered the entire postoperative process in our other blog posts and in our patient guide (which you can get for free), you should be prepared to manage pain, time, and life after your procedure.


After surgery, you'll need to plan for recovery time. This includes taking a break from work or other daily commitments. Healing takes time and patience. You should allow yourself the space to recover at your own pace. During this period, managing pain effectively is key. Our team will guide you on how to handle discomfort and ensure you have the necessary medications and support.


Returning to your everyday activities, work, or school will require careful planning. The timeline varies for each individual, but you'll get the support you need for a successful recovery.


Final Preparation Checklist for Limb Lengthening Surgery

As you approach your surgery date, ensuring you have everything in order can make the process smoother and more comfortable. Here’s a checklist of essential steps and items you should consider for your final preparation:


  1. Medical Records and Tests: Have a copy of all your medical records, test results, and any other documents related to your health. These are crucial for your surgical team to review before the procedure.

  2. Medications: Prepare a list of medications you are currently taking, including dosages and schedules. Also, stock up on any prescriptions you'll need immediately after the surgery, as advised by your healthcare team.

  3. Accommodation and Transportation: Confirm your accommodation and transportation details for your stay. Ensure you have easy access to the hospital, clinics for post-operative care, and other necessary facilities.

  4. Emergency Contacts: Keep a list of emergency contacts, including family members, friends, and your medical team's contact information. It's also wise to have local emergency numbers at hand.

  5. Personal Care Items: Pack personal care items that you’ll need during your hospital stay and recovery period. This includes comfortable clothing, toiletries, and any specific items recommended by your healthcare provider.

  6. Financial Preparation: Ensure all financial aspects are in order, including payment for the surgery, accommodation, and any additional costs that might arise during your stay and recovery period.

  7. Recovery Aids: Get recovery aids such as crutches, walkers, or wheelchairs if recommended by your surgeon. Also, consider items that will make your recovery at the accommodation more comfortable, like extra pillows or a bath stool.

  8. Entertainment and Comfort Items: Bring books, laptops, tablets, or other devices to keep yourself entertained during the recovery. Don't forget chargers and adaptors.

  9. Exercise and Physiotherapy Equipment: If you are advised to continue exercises or physiotherapy on your own, ensure you have the necessary equipment or know where to acquire it.

  10. Dietary Preparation: Have a plan for your dietary needs during recovery. This might include preparing meals in advance, knowing where to order healthy food from, or having someone assist you with cooking.

  11. Follow-Up Appointments: Schedule your follow-up appointments in advance. Knowing your post-operative care plan and having appointments booked can give you peace of mind.

By ticking off these items on your checklist, you’re setting yourself up for a smoother surgery and recovery process.


If you need more information or to get our free preparation guide, please don't hesitate to contact us via WhatsApp at +90 533 973 5289 or via email at info@dryukselyurttas.com.

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