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Bone lengthening, also known as limb lengthening, is a surgical procedure designed to elongate bones. This procedure can address various causes of short bones, including anatomical deficiencies, congenital conditions, trauma, or diseases. Common reasons for bone lengthening include post-traumatic shortening, congenital deformities, growth plate abnormalities, and cosmetic lengthening to increase stature.

Types of Bone Lengthening Procedures

Bone lengthening can be performed as either an acute or gradual process:

Acute Lengthening:

  • The surgeon makes a cut in the bone and moves it into the desired position.
  • The bone is held in place using internal fixation devices such as plates and screws.

Gradual Lengthening:

  • The bone is cut, and the cut ends are gradually pulled apart (a process known as distraction).
  • This can be done using an external fixator or an internal device like the Intramedullary Skeletal Kinetic Distractor (ISKD).

Importance of Correcting Limb Length Discrepancy

Addressing limb length discrepancies early is crucial to prevent complications such as:

  • An awkward gait
  • Compensatory deformities
  • Early onset knee arthritis
  • Back pain, spondylosis, and spinal deformities

Advanced Methods for Bone Lengthening

While external fixators are commonly used in bone lengthening, newer methods have been developed to reduce the time patients need to wear these devices. These methods include Lengthening over Nail (LON) and Lengthening and Then Nailing (LATN):

Lengthening over Nail (LON):

  • An intramedullary nail is inserted into the bone.
  • An external fixator is applied, and the bone is cut.
  • Distraction is performed using the fixator while the nail remains inside the medullary canal.
  • Once distraction is complete, the nail is locked, and the external fixator is removed.

Lengthening and Then Nailing (LATN):

  • An external fixator is applied, and the bone is cut.
  • Distraction is performed using the external fixator.
  • After the desired length is achieved, a second surgery is performed to insert an intramedullary nail, and the fixator is removed.

By utilizing these advanced techniques, patients can benefit from a more comfortable and efficient bone lengthening process.

Why Choose Mangal Anand Hospital?

Mangal Anand Hospital is renowned for its excellence in orthopedics, offering cutting-edge treatments and personalized care for patients with limb length discrepancies. Our team of experienced orthopedic specialists is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care, utilizing the latest surgical techniques and state-of-the-art technology. We are committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for our patients, helping them achieve improved mobility and a better quality of life.

If you have a limb length discrepancy, consult with our orthopedic experts at Mangal Anand Hospital to determine the best treatment plan for your needs. Early intervention can help prevent future complications and enhance your overall well-being. Choose Mangal Anand Hospital for exceptional orthopedic care and advanced bone lengthening procedures.