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Limb Lengthening in Spain

Hospitals and medical centers in Spain performing Limb Lengthening (leg lengthening).
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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

Hospital Universitario HM Montepríncipe

Our department is one of the most qualified orthopaedic programs and fully equipped to treat each and every orthopaedic and rheumatologic condition, injury, or disorder.

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Limb Lengthening is available at Hospital Universitario HM Montepríncipe

Hospital Clínic Costa Brava

Hospital Clínic Costa Brava is a modern medical facility with over 250 medical specialists, offering medical, surgical, aesthetic, cosmetic and rehabilitation treatments in the relaxing tourism town of Palamos, Costa Brava.

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Limb Lengthening is available at Hospital Clínic Costa Brava

Centro Médico Teknon

Orthopaedic medicine provides highly specialized evaluation and treatment of the entire musculoskeletal system including bones, ligaments, tendons, joints, muscles and nerves — everything that allows you to move, work and be active.

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Limb Lengthening is available at Centro Médico Teknon

Hospital Ruber Internacional

Hospital Ruber Internacional provides advanced care for every musculoskeletal condition, from complex fractures and sports injuries to spinal deformities, such as scoliosis, and neuromuscular disorders, such as cerebral palsy.

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Limb Lengthening is available at Hospital Ruber Internacional

Hospital Universitario HM Sanchinarro

Traumatology and Orthopedic Surgery is the specialty that includes clinical assessment, diagnosis, prevention, treatment by surgical and non-surgical means and rehabilitation appropriate to the care of the patient with congenital and acquired diseases.

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Limb Lengthening is available at Hospital Universitario HM Sanchinarro

Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital

The Orthopaedics and traumatology department studies and treats traumatic, congenital and acquired disorders in the locomotive system from birth until eighteen years of age. Pioneers in highly complex interventions, including scoliosis surgery, limb reconstruction and micro-surgery.

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Limb Lengthening is available at Barcelona Children’s Hospital

Quirón Madrid University Hospital

An ISO certified modern private hospital, which was opened in 2006, and is part of the Quirón Hospital Group. This tertiary care hospital 400 has certified physicians from all medical specialties capable of treating the most complicated medical cases.

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Limb Lengthening is available at Hospital Quirón Madrid

Listed orthopedics specialist:

Dr. Rafael Canosa Sevillano

Head of Division of Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma

Hospital Quirón Marbella

Hospital Quirón Marbella incorporates prestigious doctors, invests in research and development, technology and continuing education that enhances skills, in facilities, and in an increased operational efficiency in order to provide nothing but the best.

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Limb Lengthening is available at Hospital Quirón Marbella

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Dr. Antonio García Ayllón

Orthopaedic Surgery - Head of Service

Hospital Quirón Valencia

Quirón Hospital of Valencia is ranked as one of the best private schools in Spain, winning nine times in the TOP 20 award in recognition of its management and quality of care.

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Limb Lengthening is available at Hospital Quirón Valencia

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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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