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Can I Run After Lenghtening Surgery?

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After lengthening surgery, patients should rest as recommended by their doctors and should not neglect their necessary treatments. Although the recovery process after this surgery takes a little longer, it is possible for patients to return to their daily lives as before when the right treatments are applied.

Can I run after lengthening surgery is among the most frequently asked questions by patients. Even though we answer yes to this question, we should also consider the factors you need to pay attention to beforehand.

When I Run After Surgery?

When I run after lenghtening surgery?

First of all, we should state that the recovery period after lenghtening surgery takes about 1 year. If your doctor approves, you can do light-paced jogging in a period of 9-12 months, but usually this period takes up to 1 year. Depending on the bone fusion processes or possible complications of some patients, these processes can take up to 1.5 years. At this point, before you start running, you must have the necessary examinations and your x-rays must be examined by the doctor.

It should not be forgotten that the excess load on the bones that do not fully fuse can cause the nails in your leg to break. That's why it's so important to get this approval from your doctor!

The point to remember here is that not every patient can perform sports activities in the same way. Although most patients can return to their former activities after limb lengthening surgery, some patients may have problems such as gait change and decreased running speed. At this point, support is usually provided to the patient with physical therapies under the control of a doctor.

Things to Consider After Lengthening Surgery

Things to Consider After Lengthening Surgery

There is no harm in returning to your daily life after the completion of your necessary treatments under the control of a doctor. However, as is known, this is not a process of a few weeks. Lengthening surgery is a type of operation that takes a long time in the treatment process. Therefore, you should have your dressings regularly, get plenty of rest and definitely not neglect physical therapy. 

If you neglect the treatments recommended by your doctor, your recovery may be delayed or more serious illnesses may occur. Therefore, not only the surgery but also the subsequent process must be carried out with great care.

Precautions to Minimize Possible Risks Before Running 

Precautions to Minimize Possible Risks Before Running 

It is very important to be careful before returning to your sports activities after lenghtening surgery. Suddenly putting a strain on your body that has not been active for months can cause you to be injured. We have compiled the factors you need to pay attention to before you start running:

1. Your running frequency

The first thing you should pay attention to before you start running is to start running gradually instead of starting intensively all of a sudden. At this point, first short walks, then short and light-paced runs, and then continuing with intermittent runs will make the process much healthier. 

2. Floor

Another point you should pay attention to during the run is the floor. The fact that the floor is concrete will make it difficult for you to run and will bring many dangers in cases such as falling. Therefore, it will be advantageous for you whether the ground you run on is grass, soil or asphalt.

3. Break time

Running without taking a break can cause serious problems not only for people who have had limb lenghtening surgery, but for everyone. Especially after surgery, in the process of adapting to sports, running without a break and for a long time can force your legs too hard and cause you to be injured. Therefore, completing your run by taking a break is one of the most important criteria for your health. 

4. Proper footwear

Another important factor is that the shoe you use is suitable for running. It is very critical that you pay attention to the shoes you use so that there is no injury or strain on your legs. In addition, instead of a shoe that squeezes your foot very much, choosing a shoe that is a little more abundant will also positively affect your performance. 

5. Communication with your doctor

Before you start your run, you must consult with your doctor and get his approval. In addition, it is important that you give details to your doctor during the sports process or stay in contact with your doctor for possible leg pain and discomfort.


1. Is it possible to do sports after lenghtening surgery? 

After your necessary physical therapies are completed and you have your doctor's approval, you can start doing sports. However, it is very important that you have an X-ray and examination before you start. 

2. Can those who have had lengthening surgery run? 

People who have had lengthening surgery can run, but they need to complete their treatment and get their doctor's approval. Approximately 1 year period is required to start running after surgery, and for some patients, this process can last up to 1.5 years. 

3. Can those who have had lengthening surgery play football? 

After the necessary treatment processes are completed, people who have lenghtening surgery can do all sports. However, all the necessary treatments for this situation should be finished and they should get approval from the doctor according to the X-ray shots.

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