What kind of Leg Lengthening Surgery methods exist?

There are Ilizarov, Holyfix, LON/LATN, Precice methods which are used in limb lengthening surgery. LON is currently the most preferred method by our patients due to its short recovery period and relatively low price. However, Precice is much safer, more comfortable and less risky method, although it can be pricey for some patients. For detailed information, please visit Limb Lengthening Surgery Methods

How many centimeters can I gain with Leg Lengthening Surgery?

For cosmetic reasons, it is preferable not to lengthen over 6-8 cm per segment. We believe that safety and health of our patients need to come first. It is extremely dangerous and risky to attempt lengthening femurs more than 8 cm and tibia more than 7 cm. If a patient desires to gain, for example, something between 10-15 cm, it is more reasonable to get 5-8 cm on femur, then later 5-7 cm on tibia, rather than attempting to lengthen 10 cm on one bone section. The flexibility of your legs is also important. The more flexible your legs are, the more relaxed you will be during the lengthening.

Can I get back my pre-surgery health?

Limb lengthening procedure and the following recovery process may take some time, but eventually you can get back your pre-surgery health and do sports that you want. For many types of sports, you may have to wait up to 1-1.5 years after your surgery. The main thing to do is to be patient, stick to the instructions of your LL doctor, take physiotherapy sessions and care about your overall health.

How many scars are formed on the legs after surgery?

Scars that are formed on the legs after surgery depend on the method of operation. The most scars occurs in the ilizarov method and the least occurs in the internal fixation method. As a matter of fact, these scars can be reduced and became unnoticeable by aesthetic methods.

How much does Limb Lengthening Surgery cost?

After deciding to have a lengthening surgery, you should be very careful about your choice of doctor and method. You can make the right decision for yourself by examining the doctor, patient’ diaries and method information in detail. You can  contact us by clicking “Contact us” section for detailed information.

Can I walk with a device on my legs?

You can walk at home or get out to walk with devices on your legs. It is advisable to walk as long as it is not too extreme. At the same time, you can also do your works that you do not need much to stand up.

What are the difficulties of this surgery?

You will be in bed the first day. 2nd day you can use walker  and do your needs. Depending on your situation you will spend 3-5 days at the hospital. You have to be patient for the first two months after the operation. Because every day you will be 1 mm longer. With time, there may be tension  on your legs. But this is temporary. After the lengthening  is over, the pain is reduced and the tension ends.

How much does doctor consultation cost?

Consultation with doctor is free of charge.

Is any kind of preparation needed before limb lengthening operation?

It is recommended to do stretching exercises, go swimming etc. in order to increase the flexibility of leg muscles. Besides physical preparation for surgery, it is equally important to prepare yourself psychologically. It can be beneficial to have conversations with those who already had LL surgery. You may also want to watch and read about the experiences of our LL patients

Hasan’s video diary

My reflection for having limb lengthening surgery (Michael from Australia)

What are the risks associated with limb lengthening surgery?

Contrary to popular belief, limb lengthening surgery has less percentages of risk compared to many surgical procedures. One of the possible complications are non-union or slow union of bones which may be a reason for another operation to correct this. Moreover, there is a very tiny probability of serious infection. Minor infection on the surface is seen in many patients and it is quite treatable without causing serious problems. We must note that since it is an internal method, Precice has lower infection risks compared to other methods.

Can I come to Turkey for limb lengthening surgery from abroad?

Yes of course. We see enormous interest from various places of the world, especially from the US, UK, Saudi Arabia, Canada etc. Since high quality limb lengthening operations and post-op services are very expensive in most of these countries, Turkey appears to be a good choice by means of both reasonable price and high quality. Similarly, from countries such as Indonesia, India, Cambodia and Azerbaijan there are many people interested in leg lengthening surgery in Turkey.

After undergoing LL surgery, our patients from abroad can return home after staying in hospital for 5-7 days and continue the procedure from their own country, or they can request for accommodation close to the hospital and get help from us. Those who stay far away can have check-ups and send the results and images via WhatsApp for doctor evaluation.

How can I become shorter (decrease my height)?

It is actually possible to become shorter with limb shortening surgery. You can become up to 4-5 cm shorter with this surgery. For more info about this surgery feel free to contact us.

After limb lengthening surgery, do you get to a point when your legs handle pressure like normal people who can run and play football?

After bones have consolidated and become strong enough, and the muscles have been adjusted and strengthened sufficiently by physiotherapy and exercises, it is possible to do any kind of sports, including football, heavy weight lifting, martial arts etc.

How painful is leg lengthening surgery?

Pain is a very individual thing in limb lengthening, but most patients have the most pain in the first week or so after the effect of anesthesia goes away.  This difficult period can be overcome with the help of painkiller pills and injections. As time passes, pain fades away and it is usually minimal on the 2–3 rd weeks.

Does leg lengthening cause body disproportion?

Cosmetic limb lengthening surgery and the following distraction process is and must be done within safe and acceptable limits. These maximum limits are 7–8 cm for femur, and 6–7 cm for tibia. If a patient doesn’t have already too thin and/or unusually long legs, then this amount of leg length increase is not likely to cause body disproportion. Up to now, none of our limb lengthening patients have had a complaint in this regard.

Is there a possibility of discount for limb lengthening surgery price?

You can get a discounted price or other privileges by booking your surgery by paying a 10% pre-payment. We also announce discounts on various occasions and special days. For detailed info about discount possibility, please Contact Us: +90 531 988 30 90, [email protected]

What should I do after undergoing limb lengthening operation?

Post-operation period is very important. In all surgery methods, patients perform daily bone lengthening (usually at around the speed of 1mm/day), using the fixator devices on their legs. In external methods (Ilizarov/Holyfix/LON), patients have to change bandages and clean pin sites to avoid infection. Also, physiotherapy and daily exercises are very important for a healthy recovery.

Is there a way to increase height without surgery?

Once a patient’s growth plates have sealed (this usually happens at the age of 16-18), the bones cannot grow anymore (it is biologically impossible), and the only way to grow taller is height increase surgery.

Which Nutrition and diet should I take?

With lengthening surgery, the bone is surgically cut in a controlled manner and it is expected to elongate from day to day and form new bone. Also, the muscles must adapt to new bone development. Therefore, it is useful to prefer foods that feed muscles and bones. Attention should be paid to daily water consumption. Healthy planning with fruit and vegetable-based foods helps in recovery. It is also important to get enough protein.

First Week Nutrition and Diet – Nutritional measures can be taken as a precaution for constipation that may occur due to inactivity. Calcium supplements are generally recommended after the procedure, as it positively helps in new bone growth and it can be taken during the entire recovery period.

Lengthening Nutrition and Diet – During this process, taking care of healthy eating speeds up recovery. It is helpful to note that enough minerals, vitamins, and proteins are taken while creating the nutrition plan; as it is important to consume healthy foods that will speed up the healing process.

Alcohol and Smoking?

Lengthening surgery is restricted for people who smoke. Starting smoking after the procedure negatively affects the healing and delays it. Likewise, alcohol has bad effects in this process, as well; and these indulgences should be restricted until recovery is complete.

Can my legs become shortened again after the operation?

Surgery is the beginning of the lengthening process. Lengthening after the procedure requires a certain time, usually 60 to 80 days to achieve 6 to 8 cm. In the meantime, when the necessary exercises are performed and precautions are taken, usually, there are no problems. Height gained does not shorten again after the operation and processes are completed; as the processes permanently lengthen the bones in the area. However, if problems such as osteoporosis occur in older ages in people who undergo surgery, there is a chance that their bones may shorten.

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  • HI there, I am currently 17 boy from Australia. For 5-6cm tibia lengthening, how long would I have to stay in Turkey for? Is it possible at all to shortern stay to only 3-4 months due to University?

    • Dear friend, for 5-6 cm lengthening, it is generally enough to stay for approx. 3 months in Turkey. Of course you could also go back home right after leaving hospital, but staying in Turkey during your bone lengthening process is safer and recommended. For more details :+90 531 988 30 90 (WhatsApp), [email protected]

    • Thanks for your comment. We have had patients with Blount’s disease, who got their leg deformity corrected and heights increased. We are expecting our first achondroplasia patients this year, as there is a growing interest!

  • I love to go to the gym and lift heavy weights. Is it possible to go back to exercising with heavy weights with my legs after the recuperation of the surgery to increase height in my femur?

    • Yes, after full consolidation of bones and recovery, with doctor’s permission you may resume your heavy weight training. In the beginning there might be some limitations but there will be improvement over time, given that you do the necessary physiotherapy and exercises.

  • I heard that the Ilizarov is a past generation method and isn’t as effective, is that true? And let’s say I decided to lengthen my tibia up to about 8 cm, wouldn’t that make it disprprtionate with my femur and the rest of my body? In that case, for an 8 cm increase, do you recommend 4 cm for each segment or 8 cm for both segments?

    • Hello and thanks for your comment. Ilizarov is the first known method of limb lengthening, which is quite effective and can be applied successfully. However, due to longer fixation time and caused discomfort, newer methods are being more preferred. Ilizarov devices are heavy, cumbersome and cause more pain and discomfort for patients.
      Healthy maximum lengthening amount for tibia is usually 7 cm (with rare exceptions). 7 cm is usually not enough to cause body disproportion. If you want 8 cm and nothing less, then it may be a better decision to do it on femur, as thighs have capacity to be lengthened by 1 more cm.
      For more detailed personal consultation, please contact us via WhatsApp: +90 531 988 30 90 or email: [email protected]

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      Wannabetaller