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Short legs (limbs): Compare Costs for a treatment abroad

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Academic Hospital Sachsenhausen at the Goethe University Frankfurt

10/10 from 23 Votes

The Academic Hospital Sachsenhausen at the Goethe University Frankfurt was founded in 1985 by the world-famous professor Dr. Carl von Noorden and Dr. Edouard Lampe. At that time it was Germany's first medical institution specializing in the treatment of diabetes.

Consultation befor leg (limb) lengthening
1275
Leg lengthening surgery with intramedullary lengthening nail FITBONE ® SAA
12939
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Frankfurt am Main

University Hospital Rechts der Isar of the Munich Technical University

10/10 from 70 Votes

The Rechts der Isar Hospital is the University Hospital of the Technical University of Munich. There is intensive cooperation between the research facilities of the TU and the hospital in numbers of areas.

Consultation befor leg (limb) lengthening
0.00
Leg lengthening surgery with intramedullary lengthening nail FITBONE ® SAA
0.00
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
certificate

University Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU)

9.2/10 from 40 Votes

The Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich is a center of high-end medicine, medical innovation and medical and technical progress, which enables an individual and safe patient care.

Consultation befor leg (limb) lengthening
1500
Leg lengthening surgery with intramedullary lengthening nail FITBONE ® SAA
17326
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich

Hannover Medical School

9.8/10 from 43 Votes

The Hannover Medical School (MHH) is one of the most efficient medical universities in Germany, treating more than 63,000 inpatients and 460,000 outpatients annually.

Consultation befor leg (limb) lengthening
1383
Leg lengthening surgery with intramedullary lengthening nail FITBONE ® SAA
15463
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Hannover
certificate

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. 




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