Limb Lengthening in Turkey

Hospitals and medical centers in Turkey performing Limb Lengthening (leg lengthening).
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International Hospital Contact International Hospital
Private Hospital, Istanbul, 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
Medical Travel Global Contact Medical Travel Global
Medical Tourism Facilitator, İstanbul, Turkey
A facilitator for patients going to Turkey for medical treatment, affiliated with medical centers in Istanbul, and offering full supporting services to patients, including travel arrangements, transportation and a personal escort.
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Limb Lengthening is available at Medical Travel Global
Liv Hospital Contact Liv Hospital
Private Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
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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
Yunus Emre Hospital Contact Yunus Emre Hospital
Private Hospital, Istanbul, 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
German Hospital Camlica Contact German Hospital Camlica
Private Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
German Hospital Camlica has achieved a 7 star rating. It has 24 highly skilled and experienced physicians, who treat around 500 international patients each year.
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Limb Lengthening is available at German Hospital Camlica
6 listed orthopedics specialists:view all >
Dr. Ozcan Pen
Dr. Ozcan Pen
Orthopedics and Traumatology
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Dr. A. Thin Yener
Orthopedics and Traumatology
German Hospital Taksim Contact German Hospital Taksim
Private Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation
One of the largest private healthcare providers in Turkey. Has obtained JCI accreditation and is ISO certified. This hospital treats approximately 12,000 international patients annually.
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Limb Lengthening is available at German Hospital Taksim
3 listed orthopedics specialists:view all >
Dr. Aziz Alturfan
Dr. Aziz Alturfan
Orthopedics and Traumatology
Dr. Free Menges
Dr. Free Menges
Orthopedics and Traumatology
Acibadem Maslak Hospital Contact Acibadem Maslak Hospital
Private Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation
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
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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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