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Limb Lengthening And Deformity Correction

Limb lengthening is done in selective cases where there is inequality of limbs due to congenital or previous injuries. Deformity correction is done in congenital or birth deformities and due to malunited limbs post injury.]

Ilizarov fixator is primarily used in cases of complex trauma when conventional plates are not enough. This method can also be used when patient wants to be mobilized immediately.

Symptoms

  • Asymmetrical paralytic conditions
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  • Trauma or infection related
  • Post fracture discrepancies
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Preparation Time1 Hour

Post Procedure Care5 Days

Procedure Duration1.5 Hours to 5 Hours

Back to WorkVaries

Approximate Cost *1.5 Lakhs and Above

Est. Recovery PeriodVaries

*Price shown is an estimate. Actual prices may vary depending on the complexity of the treatment.


How is Limb Lengthening & Deformity Correction Performed?

Ilizarov or Ring fixator is attached to the leg by manually adjusting the screws or components in the fixator. The wires are fixed to the frame passing through the thigh bone and is adjusted depending on the deformity of the leg.
Once the fixator is firmly in place, the limb is stabilized with the frame and is removed once the alignment of limbs are achieved.

Procedure Details

Preoperative Preparation:

Our team will determine the need for the procedure and the fixators that are needed for you. A lot of preoperative planning is done by the anesthetist and medical fitness is assessed throughout. Dedicated planning with preoperative frame construction is done and patient is made to understand about the fixator we are using and is prepared for the procedure by accepting the fixations.

Choosing The Right Implant:

If you are a candidate for surgery, your Surgeon will determine the best type of implant that is right for you. The types of implants we have at Zoi are

  • Stainless Steel
  • Carbon Frames

Things To Consider:

Even though patients are relatively pain-free, the fact that wires sticking out of the body and fixed with rings and bolts can be a cause of concern to many. Routine care of the rings has to be done dedicatedly by the patient and attendees. Zoi helps you with any additional help you would require with compassion and empathy.

Follow Up & Full Recovery:

  1. The frame must be worn for 3-12 months depending on the deformity
  2. Followed by physiotherapy sessions frequently
  3. Patient has to routinely follow up for frame adjustments

FAQ's

A one hour to five hour surgery to align the deformities that occur in their life. Usually you are made mobile the next day depending upon the health of your bones and body.

Full recovery is when the patient is able to perform all of his or her activities independently, relatively pain free, like able to lift objects without any difficulty. The full recovery period varies from 6 months to a year depending on the deformity and health condition of the patient

Once discharged the patient has to routinely follow up for frame adjustments followed with physiotherapy sessions frequently

There aren’t any alternative procedures since this is an end stage process

Doctors Who Perform Limb Lengthening And Deformity Correction

Dr. Somnath Machani

Expertise: MS Ortho, MCh Ortho, Fellow in Limb reconstruction

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