Orthopedic Surgery located in Dearborn, MI & Canton, MI
If your child was born with uneven limbs, the skilled surgeons at Premier Orthopedics offer limb lengthening surgery at their offices in Dearborn and Canton, Michigan. Jiab Suleiman, DO, and Alaa Mansour, DPM, are highly skilled in using minimally invasive surgical techniques to restore optimal limb length and improve your mobility. Learn more about the benefits of limb lengthening surgery by calling the Premier Orthopedics office nearest you or by scheduling an appointment online today.
Limb Lengthening Surgery Q&A
What is limb lengthening surgery?
Some people are born with limbs that are uneven due to congenital issues. You may also have one limb that’s shorter than the other due to disease or because of a poorly healed fracture.
The surgical team at Premier Orthopedics offers limb lengthening surgery, an advanced technique that corrects limb discrepancies and improves your overall mobility.
Limb lengthening surgery is a standard pediatric orthopedic procedure for those who are born with congenital issues that affect the size of their arms or legs. Adults may also need limb lengthening to repair damage from an injury or disease.
What’s involved in limb lengthening surgery?
Limb lengthening surgery is a two-part process that harnesses the power of your body to heal itself. The goal of surgery is to achieve limbs that are the same size to improve your mobility and limb function. This type of surgery is most commonly used to repair uneven legs.
In the first part of the treatment, your Premier Orthopedics provider cuts the bone in your upper or lower leg that needs lengthening, during a procedure known as an osteotomy. This procedure only requires small incisions to access the bone and minimizes your risk for infection or scars. Following surgery, you wear a custom-fitted frame device that stabilizes your leg.
In the second part of your limb lengthening procedure, your physician monitors your healing process. During healing, your body produces new bone tissue in the area of the cut bone, filling in the gaps over time until your bone reaches the desired length.
Throughout this regeneration, your Premier Orthopedics provider continually adjusts pins in the stabilizing frame. This process allows the new bone to keep growing in alignment with your existing bone.
What can I expect after limb lengthening surgery?
After limb lengthening surgery, you may need to spend at least two days in the hospital to recover. Your Premier Orthopedics physician helps you to manage any pain you experience and can determine when it’s safe for you to go home to start recovery.
As your bone continues to heal, you can expect to gradually begin putting weight on your leg. You may need the assistance of crutches to walk in the early days of your recovery until the bone heals fully. At that time, your Premier Orthopedics provider also removes the frame.
Once your bone heals, you should be able to return to your usual routine without any limitations. Your physician may request a follow-up visit to ensure you’re not having pain and can function normally.
To find out if you or your child is a good candidate for limb lengthening surgery, call the Premier Orthopedics office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.
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