Proven, Innovative Treatment from Award-winning Limb Lengthening Specialists
Shriners Children's experienced orthopedic surgeons are known throughout the country and the world for their skill in performing limb lengthening surgeries. The goal of this procedure to address a limb length discrepancy is clear: Improve the limb's function and mobility to help your child grow into an independent adult.
Though this can sometimes be a years-long process, what you will find here at Shriners Children's is a family – both in your medical team and with parents and children who are at different points along the same path you now walk.
About the Surgery
This treatment takes advantage of the body's amazing ability to regenerate new bone, as well as the soft tissues, ligaments, blood vessels and nerves that surround and support it. The process begins with an operation called an osteotomy, in which your skilled Shriners Children's orthopedic surgeon cuts the bone to be lengthened. The limb then may be stabilized using one of several different external fixation devices, called frames. Or, in some situations, we may be able to stabilize your child's limb using an internal lengthening rod called an Ellipse Nail. Shriners Children's has been a pioneer in using this device, which eliminates the need for an external fixator.
This treatment is most commonly is done on legs, but it can be done on arms as well.
After the Procedure
Two phases of recovery follow. In the first, the bone that has been cut is very gradually pulled apart. New bone grows in the gap. You will play an important role in your child's recovery. Our trained and certified physical therapists will teach you how to use the external or internal device to gradually and carefully increase the gap as new bone forms.
Specific treatments and services may vary by location. Please contact a specific location for more information.
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