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Dr. Naman Goel

Limb Lengthening

Limb lengthening is a surgical procedure that is performed to increase the length of a person’s arms or legs. This is typically done to address issues related to stature, deformities, or limb length inequality.

Types of Limb Lengthening

  • External Fixation: In this method, an external device, such as the Ilizarov frame, is attached to the limb. The device allows controlled adjustments to gradually lengthen the bone over a period of time.
  • Internal Fixation: This involves surgical implantation of internal devices like intramedullary nails or telescopic rods within the bone to aid in lengthening.

Factors Leading to Limb Lengthening:

  • Stature enhancement for cosmetic reasons.
  • Correction of limb length inequalities due to birth defects, injuries, or conditions like limb lengthening in achondroplasia.
  • Correction of deformities like limb lengthening in cases of bow legs or knock knees.

Symptoms and Indications for Limb Lengthening:

Common signs of Limb Lengthening may include:

  • Limb length discrepancies, which result in issues with gait, balance, and functionality.
  • Cosmetic concerns about body proportions or stature.
  • Congenital limb deformities.
  • Limb length issues due to injuries or trauma.
  • Various medical conditions that require limb lengthening for functional or medical reasons.

What are the common Symptoms of Limb Lengthening ?

Limb Lengthening occurs mostly in the following cases::

  • Congenital factors leading to limb length discrepancies.
  • Growth plate injuries in adolescents.
  • Developmental conditions that affect bone growth.
  • Traumatic injuries or fractures that result in unequal limb lengths.

How to diagnose Limb Lengthening?

  • Medical history, physical examination, and measurements to determine the extent of limb length inequality.
  • Imaging studies such as X-rays and MRI to assess bone health and identify the specific cause.
  • A comprehensive evaluation by an orthopaedic specialist or surgeon to determine if limb lengthening is necessary and appropriate.
  • Limb lengthening is a complex procedure that requires careful planning and monitoring throughout the process. The choice of method, the lengthening rate, and the recovery period depend on the specific condition and patient goals. 
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