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  • Writer's pictureDr. Yuksel Yurttas

Step-by-Step: Understanding Limb Lengthening Surgery with the LON Method

Are you tired of feeling self-conscious about your height? Are you ready to take control of your life and make a change? Limb lengthening surgery may be the solution you've been searching for. It's a life-changing procedure that can help you gain the confidence and self-esteem you deserve. But, it's not just a quick fix - it's a long-term treatment process that requires patience, communication, and dedication. However, the reward for your courage is worth it, as you can expect to see results within just three months.

In this guide, we'll walk you through the limb-lengthening surgery process, from consultation to post-operative care, so you can make an informed decision about whether it's the right choice for you. We will explore the LON method, which is considered one of the most advanced and successful methods available today. We will also break down the process into four distinct phases: consultation, preoperative, operative and hospitalization, and postoperative. Each phase will be explained in detail, so you know exactly what to expect during your journey to a taller you.

1. Consultation

The first phase of the limb lengthening surgery process is the consultation phase. During this phase, you will meet with our expert patient consultants who will provide you with detailed information about the procedure, including the risks, benefits, and expected outcomes. We will also ask you to fill out a questionnaire to assess your suitability for surgery. Once the questionnaire is complete, you can request a free private video session with the surgeon before making a decision. This is an important step as it allows you to ask any questions you may have and get a better understanding of the procedure.

2. Preoperative Phase (1-4 days)

The second phase is the preoperative phase, which covers the process from the time you arrive for surgery. Our team will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The next day, we will take you on a city tour to show you the sights of Istanbul. Then, we will conduct an essential ortho x-ray test the same day. The following day, we will conduct additional tests at the hospital and introduce you to the surgeon for a physical examination.

3. Surgery and Hospitalization (5-7 days)

The third phase is the surgery and hospitalization phase, which lasts between 5-7 days. We will inform you in advance about what will happen on the day of surgery. We will take you to the hospital with your mother-tongue-speaking caregiver, who will accompany you throughout the process. Your surgery can be performed under general anesthesia, spinal anesthesia, depending on your preference and the examination results. After the operation, which takes approximately 1.5-2 hours, you will be taken to your private room to rest for 1-2 days.

Postoperative care

During your stay in the hospital, the surgeon and our healthcare team will visit you every day. In this process, we closely monitor your health, meet your needs, and inform you about all aspects to protect you from possible risks and complications. Our team is highly experienced and dedicated to making sure you have the best possible outcome.

Your first lengthening process will be performed on the 3rd-4th day of your hospitalization and we will teach you how to do this every day. While you are in the hospital, our specialist physiotherapist will visit you and apply physical therapy and help you take your first steps. You will be discharged immediately after these procedures are completed.

4. Postoperative phase (3-12 months)

The fourth and final phase of the limb lengthening surgery process is the postoperative phase, which lasts between 3-12 months. This phase is critical to ensure proper healing and to achieve the best possible results. During this phase, you will need to continue with physical therapy and exercise, as well as follow a strict regimen of bone-strengthening exercises. Our team of healthcare professionals will be with you every step of the way, providing you with the support and guidance you need to achieve a successful recovery.

physiotherapy after limb lengthening with the LON method
Building strength and mobility with the help of physiotherapy during the lengthening phase is crucial for a successful outcome.

If you choose to continue your postoperative treatment in Turkey, all of your treatment will continue under the supervision of our healthcare team, and you will receive 5 physiotherapy sessions per week. Our team of physiotherapists will work with you to develop a personalized exercise program that will help you regain strength and mobility. They will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have and provide guidance on proper technique and form.

On the other hand, If you choose to continue your treatment in your home country, we will prepare a specific exercise program for you and provide ongoing support until you return home. We will also provide 24/7 free medical support even after you return home and monitor your progress to ensure that you are on track to achieve the best possible outcome.

a. Distraction/Lengthening

The limb lengthening process involves stretching the bone using an external device, which is done four times a day, resulting in a daily growth of 1 mm (4 x 0.25 mm). Along with the bone lengthening, the muscles and soft tissues surrounding the bone also need to be stretched and strengthened, which can be achieved through regular exercise and physical therapy sessions. After the second week of surgery, patients are able to take a bath and perform daily activities without assistance. Regular radiologic examination at intervals of 20-30 days is used to monitor progress and ensure proper healing. On average, patients can expect to gain 3 cm in 30 days, 6 cm in 60 days, and 8 cm in 80 days.

b. External Fixator Removal

After the lengthening process is completed, the external fixator used during the lengthening phase is removed. The removal of the device is done under local or general anesthesia in the hospital, typically within 1-2 weeks after the lengthening phase is completed. Following the removal of the external fixator, patients can start walking with a walker the day after the surgery and return home to continue recovery.

c. Bone Consolidation and Recovery

After the external fixator removal, the bone-strengthening (consolidation) phase begins. This phase allows the newly formed bone to solidify and strengthen, which can take several months. It is important to continue with physical therapy and exercise during this phase to ensure proper healing. Patients may also need to use crutches or a walker during this phase. It is important to avoid long walks, strenuous exercises, and sports until the bones are consolidated enough.

To support the healing process, patients can use wound care creams to minimize scarring and maintain a diet rich in vitamins, proteins, calcium, and minerals. Swimming can also be beneficial for recovery. Once the newly formed bones have become as strong as the other bones, patients can resume all physical activities including intense sports.

If you are considering limb lengthening surgery, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation or a free private video session with the surgeon. Our WhatsApp number is +905339735289 and our email address is We are here to answer any of your questions and guide you through the process.

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