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5 Facts About Limb Lengthening Surgery In Turkey

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1- There is a Safe Limb Lengthening Amount

How tall the patient will grow with limb lengthening surgery is determined after the necessary examinations and tests. At this point, our doctor makes the right decision and informs the patient at this point. However, if we need to give safe measurements, we can say that there is a maximum extension of 7-8 cm in the upper leg(femur) and 5-6 cm in the lower leg(tibia).

Safe Limb Lengthening Amount

It must be noted that anything more than 8 cms on femurs and 7 cms on the Tibias, increases the risk of muscular or nerve damage. Additionally, height gain from a Limb Lengthening surgery can vary from one person to another so it is highly recommended to follow the Doctor’s advice on height again amount. Thus, when Limb Lengthening patients think about having a limb Lengthening surgery, they must limit their expectations to the safe lengthening amount limit.

2- Limb Lengthening Period Takes Up to Three Months

Regardless of the Limb Lengthening method, the lengthening period takes up to 90 days. 5 days post-surgery (after being discharged from the hospital) the patient can start lengthening. The patient can gain up to 1 mm/day.

Limb Lengthening Result

Once the lengthening is over, the Doctor will examine the patients’ bones. Depending on the patients’ bone healing, the external fixator’s removal surgery date will be determined.

3- Six Inches Can Be Gained with Two Limb Lengthening Surgeries

Many patients opt to have two Limb Lengthening surgeries to gain up more height. In two limb lengthening surgery patients can gain up to 6 inches or 12-15 cms. Since having both the tibias and femur lengthened in one surgery is risky, patients prefer starting with tibias lengthening surgery and then the femur. The reason behind this is that tibia lengthening is less painful and more comfortable as reported by many patients.

Limb Lengthening Surgery Patient

However, it must be noted that a gap of 2 weeks-6 months between both Limb Lengthening surgeries must be left. For example, if a patient had LON surgery, he/she can have the second surgery around 2 weeks after external fixator’s removal.

4- Staying in Turkey after Limb Lengthening 

The Limb lengthening patients’ stay in Turkey is dependent on the method performed. For Instance, patients who have LON method limb lengthening can return back to their country after being discharged from the hospital (5 days post-surgery). But they must come back after 3 months for external fixator’s removal surgery. Meanwhile, they must have physiotherapy sessions, exercises, take their medications, take care of the dressings, have x-rays and maintain healthy nutrition. 

However, the most reliable method we recommend is for patients to be close to their doctors for the first 3 months after surgery. Careful and regular follow-up of the postoperative process will both accelerate the healing process and prevent possible complications. Therefore, we recommend that our patients stay in our hotel if they have the opportunity.

Thus, Wanna Be Taller provides a post-accommodation package that includes all the mentioned in one place. As reported by patients staying in Turkey during the lengthening period has made it more comfortable and easier for them to overcome this period and achieve the optimal results. This decision is totally up to patients, but it must be noted that lengthening can be done in the patients’ country and staying in Turkey is optional and not a must.

5- Height Gain is the Same in all Limb Lengthening Methods

Now with all Limb Lengthening methods, the height gain is the same. The methods differ in recovery period, walking period, types of nails used and the ways they are conducted.

Limb Lengthening Physiotherapy

For instance, Precice 2 and Precice Stryde (this method is not available right now) are internal methods. However, LON, ILizarov and Holyfix are combined methods where both internal nails and external fixators are used. Thus, the patient must expect the same height gain with all methods.

If you would like to get more detailed information about the surgery process, you can watch our video below or contact our patient representatives directly.

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