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Treatment of Short Legs (limbs)

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Cost for treatment

Consultation befor leg lengthening
 from  1129
Leg lengthening surgery with intramedullary lengthening nail FITBONE ® SAA
 from  38018
Orthopedic rehabilitation
 from  478.57

University Hospital Heidelberg

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Heidelberg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics, Traumatology

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Heidelberg ranks among the top five hospitals in Germany! The hospital is one of the most advanced and reputable medical institutions not only in Germany, but throughout Europe. There are more than 43 specialized departments and 13 medical institutes, which cover all field
Consultation befor leg lengthening
0
Leg lengthening surgery with intramedullary lengthening nail FITBONE ® SAA
0

University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics, Sports Medicine

According to the prestigious FOCUS magazine, the University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich ranks among the Germany's top medical institutions! Founded in 1834, the hospital combines long traditions and the very latest achievements of modern medicine. The medical facility includes 33 specialized departments, 20 interdiscipli
Consultation befor leg lengthening
1661
Leg lengthening surgery with intramedullary lengthening nail FITBONE ® SAA
38095

University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

10/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich is regularly ranked among the best medical institutions in Germany! The hospital is the largest multidisciplinary medical facility, as well as a leading research and training center in Germany and Europe. The hospital is proud of i
Consultation befor leg lengthening
1665
Leg lengthening surgery with intramedullary lengthening nail FITBONE ® SAA
38063

Medicana International Ankara Hospital

8.5/10
location_onTurkey, Ankara

Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics, Traumatology

The Medicana International Ankara Hospital is one of the leading medical centers, which belongs to the largest medical network Medicana in Turkey. The hospital incorporates all specialties of the modern medicine under one roof. It particularly focuses on bone marrow transplantation, cardiology, cardiovascular surg
Consultation befor leg lengthening
1129
Leg lengthening surgery with intramedullary lengthening nail FITBONE ® SAA
42250

Hannover Medical School (MHH)

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Hannover

Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics

The Hannover Medical School has the status of a leading German medical facility. The advanced medical technologies, highly qualified specialists, as well as productive research activities form a solid basis for top-class medical service of the world standard. The hospital is proud of its outstanding achievements in the treatment
Consultation befor leg lengthening
1644
Leg lengthening surgery with intramedullary lengthening nail FITBONE ® SAA
38018
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About the disease

Short leg and limb syndrome is a condition when one leg is shorter than another one. In the medical world it is known as Limb Length Discrepancy. Most often short legs and limbs happen as a result of a congenital abnormality, when the child did not develop properly as fetus. It can also appear as the result of injury during the birth when one hip of the child was displaced and later did not develop properly. In rare cases surgery on the limb or knee can make the leg, which was operated on, shrink a little bit. Almost 80% of all cases of short leg and limb syndrome are congenital or appeared right after the birth. Apart from the esthetic problem, a short leg can cause other health problems, which include pain in the back and pelvic floor, spinal curvatures, unbalanced gait and even improper chewing. Pain in the back happens because of the pressure on the leg, which is stronger in one leg than another. 

There is also such phenomena as compensation, when body of the patient works extra hard to compensate for unequal size of the legs. During such compensation body creates additional pressure on the ankles, knees, and limbs to make them function properly and thus a patient feels pain. 

Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Inability to walk for long periods of time
  • Poor balance
  • Inflammation and pain in the lower leg
  • Pain in the knee

Diagnosis

  • During physical examination an orthopedist will measure the size of your leg and limb to determine how much is discrepancy in cm.
  • X-Ray of the leg is used to obtain the image of the leg and see if there are fractures or other impairments in leg joints.
  • MRI or CT scan of the leg are also used to get more precise image of the leg.

Treatment

Short legs and limbs syndrome needs to be treated in the childhood to avoid problems with the growth of the child and ensure that his/her development is normal in future. 

  • Bone lengthening surgery is a procedure during which the bone which will later be lengthened is cut and removed, the metal plate is implanted and then the bone is moved back, where it will be attached to the pins.
  • Leg lengthening surgery with nail FITBONE ® SAA during which a surgeon uses a nail, which can lengthen the limb of the femur and tibia. Fitbone @SAA is surgically implanted into the short leg and after that it needs to be worn until the leg is lengthened to the normal size of the other leg.   

After the surgery a child will have to undergo lengthy physical therapy to create the same pressure on both legs and retain the normal walking function. #

Authors: Dr. Nadezhda Ivanisova, Dr. Sergey Pashchenko




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