The Surgery in which the missing bones can be replaced and the deformed bones can be lengthened/straighten is known as limb lengthening surgery and complex reconstruction. With the help of new technologies and advance interventions, this cosmetic limb lengthening has made too many short people’s dream to become taller and that is why it is also known as bone-lengthening surgery.
When a child or an adult has limb dissimilarity from the time of birth. The bone lengthening or the bone shortening then becomes important for a person to correct their posture. But a question must be running in your mind that how a bone can be regenerated?
Limb Lengthening Procedure
Limb lengthening works on the principle of distraction. In this procedure, the person goes through an operation called osteotomy. The bone which is to be lengthened or shortened is cut by the orthopedic surgeon. The limb (upper or the lower leg) with the help of various external or internal frame is stabilized.
Two phases are there in limb lengthening procedure, in the distraction phase, the bone which is cut is gradually pulled apart for the formation of new bones. In the second phase, the bone consolidates and heal naturally with medicines and some exercise. The shin bone lengthening is also done with help of this surgery.
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Limb Lengthening RecoveryThe recovery time of this cosmetic limb lengthening varies from person to person. The consolidation period is half the time it takes for an adult person. The fixation device is to wear by the patients for 3 to six months. Usually, for a child, it is a 3 months healing process and for an adult 6 months. Physical therapy is the most important part of the recovery in limb lengthening. Physical therapy maintains flexibility in joints and maintains strength in the muscles. A good nutritious diet is also necessary so that calcium supplements can support the healing process. During the healing process, minor problems such as pins and stiffening in the joints are seen but severe complications and risks factors are rare in this bone lengthening surgery.
Cost of Limb Lengthening Surgery
With its growing popularity the limb lengthening surgery cost about 1.5 lakhs to 2.5 lakhs. The rates may vary depending upon the person requirement and desired lengthening or shortening of the limb. Also, depending on the hospitals and the facilities the cost of the surgery may vary.
The surgery has a 95% success rate and has proved really helpful to many people. Along with this it gives very less scarring as few incisions are required in most of the limb lengthening procedure.