Limb Lengthening Abroad

Details of leading international hospitals performing Limb Lengthening to foreign patients.
Salutaris Medical Center Contact Salutaris Medical Center
Private Hospital, Mexico
A short-stay surgical clinic and outpatient facility specializing in cosmetic, general and orthopedic surgery. The clinic is accustomed to treating patients from the United States, Latin America and Europe.
Availability:
Limb Lengthening is available at Salutaris Medical Center
Yunus Emre Hospital Contact Yunus Emre Hospital
Private Hospital, Turkey
A private hospital in the center of Istanbul with 45 physicians from 16 medical specialties. Yunus Emre Hospital's medical tourism department is fully equipped to handle foreign patients, providing all necessary services.
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Limb Lengthening is available at Yunus Emre Hospital
Bangkok Hospital Pattaya Contact Bangkok Hospital Pattaya
Private Hospital, Thailand
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This multi-specialty tertiary hospital offers various medical services as well as dental procedures to local and overseas patients. It serves over 100,000 international patients every year.
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Limb Lengthening is available at Bangkok Hospital Pattaya
21 listed orthopedics specialists:view all >
Dr. Cherdchai Luangwatanapong
Dr. Cherdchai Luangwatanapong
Orthopedics Surgery
Heidelberg University Hospital Contact Heidelberg University Hospital
University Hospital, Germany
Heidelberg University Hospital is one of Europe`s leading medical centers. World-renowned experts provide comprehensive care of the highest international standards in all medical specialties.
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Limb Lengthening is available at Heidelberg University Hospital
3 listed orthopedics specialists:view all >
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Prof. Volker Ewerbeck
Medical Director of the Orthopedics Department
Dr. Wolfram Wenz, MD
Dr. Wolfram Wenz, MD
Head of the Division of Pediatric Orthopedics and Foot surgery
International Hospital Contact International Hospital
Private Hospital, Turkey
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A JCI accredited, multi-specialty medical center which is a part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group. The hospital provides medical care in virtually all medical specialties. International patients are catered for through the Acibadem International Patients Center.
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Limb Lengthening is available at International Hospital
Acibadem Maslak Hospital Contact Acibadem Maslak Hospital
Private Hospital, Turkey
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A modern, JCI accredited, full service hospital, established in 2009. Acibadem Maslak is part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group, so international patients are taken care of through the group's International Patient Center.
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Limb Lengthening is available at Acibadem Maslak Hospital
Listed orthopedics specialists:
Prof. Ismail Remzi Tozun
Prof. Ismail Remzi Tozun
Orthopedic Surgeon
Assoc. Prof. Burak Beksac
Assoc. Prof. Burak Beksac
Associate Professor of Orthopedics and Traumatology
Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital Contact Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital
Children Hospital, Spain
Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital is one of the leading medical centers in Europe for childhood and adolescence medicine and offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to health care from birth through 21 years of age.
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Limb Lengthening is available at Barcelona Children’s Hospital
Nova Medical Center Koramangala Contact Nova Medical Center Koramangala
Medical Center, India
Part of the Nova Medical Centers group, the center offers over 700 different procedures, with a specialty in general surgery, gynecology, plastic and cosmetic surgery, orthopedics, radiology, pediatrics, urology, and ophthalmology.
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Limb Lengthening is available at Nova Medical Center Koramangala
4 listed orthopedics specialists:view all >
Dr. Mahesh Reddy, MS, MCh
Dr. Mahesh Reddy, MS, MCh
Orthopedic Surgery
Dr. Mahadev Jatti
Dr. Mahadev Jatti
Arthroscopy and Arthroplasties
Nova Medical Center Kailash Colony Contact Nova Medical Center Kailash Colony
Medical Center, India
A modern surgery center, opened in 2010, specializing in elective surgeries. Medical procedures carriedout at the center include general surgery, urology, pediatrics, orthopedics, oncology, plastic and cosmetic surgery, ophthalmology, pain management.
Availability:
Limb Lengthening is available at Nova Medical Center Kailash Colony
Mediterranean Health Care Contact Mediterranean Health Care
Medical Facilitator, Spain
Mediterranean Health Care facilitates and manages the booking and treatment procedure for patients across a group of eight private medical centers in Alicante, Spain.
Availability:
Limb Lengthening is available at Mediterranean Health Care
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About Limb Lengthening

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.
What is limb lenghening?
Limb Lengthening is a method of surgery for increasing the length of the limb. The bone is elongated, as well as the muscles, nerves, blood vessels and all other tissues.

Who is a candidate for limb lenghening?

Limb lenghening procedure is mainly performed to correct differences in length between legs or arms (LLD). Differences in length of 6-10 cm between limbs can usually be corrected.

The same methods can also be used for cosmetic height increase in very short people, a process called Symmetric extended limb lengthening (ELL).

What are the steps of limb lenghening?
The limb lenghening process is divided into three steps:
  • The operation
    The bones in the limbs that needs lenghening are cut. Metal pins or screws are inserted into the bone, above and below the cut in the bone.
  • The stretching (lenghening) period
    Every day, or several hours, the limb is stretched (according to the method used), pulling it from both sides. The rate of stretching is about 1 mm per day.
    The bones continue to grow, constantly filling the gap.
  • The consolidation (fixation) period
    During this time the newly formed bone hardens, until the apparatus can be removed and the process is done.

How long does the limb lenghening process take?
6-8 cm elongation can take approximately 5.5-6.5 months.
12-15 cm elongation can take 8-9 months.

What methods of limb lenghening are available?
  • Ilizarov method
    The first and still most common technique of limb lenghening is the Ilizarov method, which was invented by Dr. Ilizarov from Russia in 1951.
    A special external device called Ilizarov device is placed around the leg or arm, allowing for the stretching to be performed. This device is worn by the patient throughout the whole lenghening process, which can last several months.
  • ISKD method
    The ISKD uses fully implantable nails that are rotated using a magnet and the movement of the limb.
    There is no need for an external aparatus, therefore reducing the risk of infections and scarring.
    The ISKD method does not allow full weight bearing so patients are required to use a wheelchair during the entire lengthening process.
  • Albizzia method
    The Albizzia is an internal telescopic nail consisting of a lengthening mechanism activated by a rotation. Lengthening occurs with alternate rotations of the desired bone segment. The rotation of the bone segment makes a "click" noise so that the patient knows exactly how much he or she has lengthened.
    The Albizzia allows for full weight bearing so patients are allowed to use crutches and are not restricted to wheelchairs.
  • FitBone method
    Fitbone is a limb lenghening technique, in which the implanted nails are operated electronically.
    FitBone does not allow full weight bearing, so the patient is restriceted to a wheel chair throughout the whole process.


Anesthesia:
The surgery is done under general anesthesia.

After care:
Physical therapy is recommended to keep the muscles from deteriorating and maintain the flexibility of the joints.
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