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Epiphyseal Stapling

Posted On: 05-27-2015
Epiphyseal Stapling

What is Epiphyseal Stapling?

Epiphyseal stapling involves placing staples across the growth plate to slow down growth of the femur. The staples can be removed later if necessary.

Also Known As:

  • Epiphysiodesis
  • Bone growth restriction
  • Blount epiphysiodesis
  • Femur growth surgery
  • Femur surgery

Conditions Treated with Epiphyseal Stapling:

Epiphyseal stapling is utilized in cases of a difference in limb length in adolescents.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Epiphyseal Stapling:

There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to epiphyseal stapling. Leg shortening, percutaneous epiphysiodesis and open epiphysiodesis are surgical alternatives to the procedure.

Anesthesia with Epiphyseal Stapling:

Epiphyseal stapling is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Epiphyseal Stapling:

Possible risks following epiphyseal stapling include infection, bleeding, femur fracture and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience shorter adult stature and for the procedure to fail to restrict bone growth.

Recovery from Epiphyseal Stapling:

Total recovery from epiphyseal stapling takes eight to 12 weeks.

 

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