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Limb Lengthening Abroad

Details of leading international hospitals performing Limb Lengthening to foreign patients.

Rambam Medical Center

The Orthopedic Surgery Section has been the concentration of surgical care at the Rambam Health Care Campus.

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Limb Lengthening is available at Rambam Medical Center

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Dr. Eyal Melamed

Orthopedic Surgeon

Prof. Doron Norman, MD

Director, Orthopedic Surgery Section

Koc University Hospital

Koc University Hospital’s Health Sciences Campus spans over an area of 220.000 m2 and serves with 404 Rooms, 73 Intensive Care Units, 12 Operating Rooms and 14 Intervention Rooms to provide healthcare services with its innovative approach and dynamic team at North American standards.

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Limb Lengthening is available at Koc University

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Prof. Aykın Şimsek MD

Professor of Orthopedics and Traumatology

Prof. Eftal Güdemez MD

Professor of Orthopedics and Traumatology

Medipol Mega University Hospital

Medipol Mega Hospital Complex is a modern medical facility with four specialist hospitals and an extensive selection of high caliber medical devices available for use. The hospital provides treatments in a wide variety of medical fields in its 470 bed facility.

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Limb Lengthening is available at Medipol Mega University Hospital

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Prof. Dr. Mahir Mahiroğullari

Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist

Klinik Hirslanden & Klinik Im Park

Orthopaedic surgery focuses on the musculoskeletal system that is responsible for a human being's movements, i.e. the bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Changes to these parts of the body may be congenital or can occur as a result of a disorder. Traumatology deals specifically with accid

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Limb Lengthening is available at Hirslanden

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Prof. José Romero

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Quirón has an internationally prestigious medical staff, the largest in the sector, and is also the principal hospital network in terms of patient numbers and care facility area. The group administers 38 healthcare centers, more than 2,864 hospital beds and 7,500 associate doctors.

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Limb Lengthening is available at Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Bangkok Hospital Pattaya

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

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Hospital Ruber Internacional

The Ruber International Hospital is designed as a "whole hospital". thus achieving maximum efficiency in the organization and development of the various medical, welfare, educational and research activities.

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Limb Lengthening is available at Hospital Ruber Internacional

Gleneagles Global Hospitals

Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai offers world class and advanced facilities and services in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and international patients. This 2000-bedded facility which is Halal and NABH certified, is one of India's top healthcare destination.

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Limb Lengthening is available at Global Hospitals Chennai

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Dr. Phani Kiran

Spine Surgeon, Orthopedic Surgeon

Centro Médico Teknon

Teknon Medical Center is one of the leading hospitals in the private health sector in Spain, with its high quality of medical and welfare service in an environment that combines personal attention with the support of the latest technology.

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Limb Lengthening is available at Centro Médico Teknon

Clínica do Dragão - Espregueira-Mendes

Clínica do Dragão - Espregueira-Mendes is a clinic that is specializes in the human musculoskeletal system. Located in Porto, Portugal, Clínica do Dragão - Espregueira-Mendes has a strong reputation in sports medicine.

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Limb Lengthening is available at Clínica do Dragão - Espregueira-Mendes

Listed orthopedics specialists:

Dr. João Espregueira-Mendes

Orthopaedics and Knee Surgery

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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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