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.
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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
Hygeia Hospital Contact Hygeia Hospital
Hygeia Hospital, Greece
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation
HYGEIA Hospital is the first large private hospital to operate in Greece and has been a leading healthcare provider for the last 35 years. It is the first and only hospital in Greece to be accredited by the JCI.
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Limb Lengthening is available at Hygeia Hospital
International Hospital Contact International Hospital
Private Hospital, Turkey
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation
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
Fortis Hospital Noida Contact Fortis Hospital Noida
Private Hospital, India
NABH AccreditationNABH Accreditation
Located near Delhi, Fortis Hospital Noida is a Centre of Excellence for Orthopaedics and Neurosciences with a focus on Cardiac Sciences, Minimally Invasive Surgeries and Oncology.
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Limb Lengthening is available at Fortis Hospital Noida
13 listed orthopedics specialists:view all >
Dr. Naresh Kumar
Dr. Naresh Kumar
Spinal Surgery
Dr. Alok Sharma
Dr. Alok Sharma
Orthopaedics & Joint Replacement
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
Rabin Medical Center Contact Rabin Medical Center
Public Hospital, Israel
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation
The second largest hospital in Israel, Rabin Medical Center is a tertiary care hospital that can handle the most complicated cases in all medical fields.
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Limb Lengthening is available at Rabin Medical Center
8 listed orthopedics specialists:view all >
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Prof. Moshe Salai
Orthopedic surgery and traumatology
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Dr. N.Ohana
Spine
Global Hospitals Chennai Contact Global Hospitals Chennai
Private Hospital, India
NABH AccreditationNABH Accreditation
The flagship hospital of the Global Hospitals Group, which operates eight hospitals throughout India. The modern 500 bed hospital was opened in 2009, and offers advanced medical and surgical treatment, including organ transplantation, cardiac surgey and neurosurgy.
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Limb Lengthening is available at Global Hospitals Chennai
Sevenhills Hospital Contact Sevenhills Hospital
Private Hospital, India
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Limb Lengthening is available at Sevenhills Hospital
Listed orthopedics specialists:
Dr. Pawan Nath
Dr. Pawan Nath
Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon - Joint Replacement/ Trauma & Spine Surgeon
Avinash Date
Avinash Date
Consultant in Orthopedic Surgery
Liv Hospital Contact Liv Hospital
Private Hospital, Turkey
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation
The first in a brand new chain of ultra-modern hospitals, opened in January 2013, LIV hospital focuses on foreign patients, and tries to provide a complete and comprehensive service by a dedicated international team.
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Limb Lengthening is available at Liv Hospital
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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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