What is the maximum height that can be achieved?
The current capacity of the implant in 8 cm of length (3.15 inches) and this is the maximum length that can be achieved per surgical segment.
Theoretically for thigh (femur) and leg (tibia/fibula) 16 cm could be achieved. However, attaining maximum lengths are difficult
especially in the leg (tibia/fibula). Lengthening on the thigh (femur) is generally easier and getting to maximal length is more likely.
The leg (tibia/fibula) can be safely lengthened to 2.0- 2.5 inches. Overall, the more length attempted to be achieved the more risk of complications.
What Are the any long-term effects of limb lengthening surgery?
Data and publications exist for distraction osteogenesis dating back over 50 years. Pertaining to aesthetic limb lengthening data from
about 30 years have been published using an older form of technology. These studies showed good results with good long-term satisfaction.
With new technology and minimal invasive surgery we expect overall even better long-term outcomes. Publications available upon request.
What are the risks & potential complications?
Please visit our detailed Limb Lengthening Surgery Risks & Potential Complications section HERE.
What is the pain level experienced during the procedure and rehabilitation?
Pain tolerance is variable among patients and having insight into this is helpful to predict how you will do during this journey.
Generally some local anesthetic blocks are given during surgery. Afterwards pain is controlled with oral pain medications with
tapering doses down to minimal quantities in the first week or two. Occasionally, patients find it useful to maintain some
pain medications or muscle relaxant prior to therapy.
How long does surgery take?
Surgical timing is variable depending on the case but can usually can be done in one hour for both legs.