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Immediate Limb Lengthening

Posted On: 06-24-2015
Immediate Limb Lengthening

What is Immediate Limb Lengthening?

Immediate limb lengthening involves the surgical lengthening of a leg or arm so that it can better match the opposite limb. During the procedure, the bone is cut and the ends are moved apart to make room for a bone transplant. The pieces are then held together with screws. Additionally, a bone-shaped biodegradable structure is inserted in between the natural bone.

Also Known As:

  • Limb lengthening
  • Leg lengthening
  • Arm lengthening

Conditions Treated with Immediate Limb Lengthening:

Immediate limb lengthening may be utilized when there is a limb length difference of more than five centimeters.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Immediate Limb Lengthening:

There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to immediate limb lengthening. Ilizarov technique of leg lengthening is a surgical alternative.

Anesthesia with Immediate Limb Lengthening:

Immediate limb lengthening is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Immediate Limb Lengthening:

Possible risks following immediate limb lengthening include infection, bleeding, scarring, poor bone growth, weakened bone and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to require a long recovery time.

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