Jeraldo from Brazil: A journey of limb lengthening in Turkey

Our team was honored to have Jeraldo for his LON limb lengthening surgery here in Istanbul. It was a beginning of another successful leg lengthening procedure, and for him a first step to a taller life. He is also our first limb lengthening patient from Brazil. He had researched options of limb lengthening in Brazil, and many other countries, but he said the opportunities and price-quality relationship for limb lengthening in Turkey, offered by Wannabetaller, was more attractive for him. We are happy and thankful to Jerardo for his permission to share his limb lengthening patient testimonial.

When making the arrangements for his trip, we included a professional translator who spoke Portuguese and Turkish. This was extremely helpful in establishing easy communication between patient, doctor and staff.

Our guest at a bazaar in Istanbul

For those who haven’t seen Our Services page, we include an extensive, enjoyable guided Istanbul tour in the total package. We are aware that most patients are quite nervous and excited before a serious surgery such as limb lengthening. Visiting a completely new country for the first time can be confusing and it may increase the anxiety. Seeing beautiful sights of Istanbul city, trying local delicacies was a great idea, as it helped us to learn more about the patient, become more familiar with his preferences, concerns and needs, have a good time together, and most important, it set the Jeraldo at ease before proceeding to limb lengthening in Turkey.

Taking the first spoonful of Ashure dessert

After enjoying our time in the city, it was time for seeing the doctor and medical examinations. After talking to his limb lengthening surgeon in person and finalizing the talks about the decision of surgery, and blood tests, x-ray and other medical tests, we were once again sure that Jerardo is absolutely healthy and eligible for limb lengthening surgery.

At the Doctor’s office

 

“I trust my doctor” posture
Patiently waiting for limb lengthening surgery in Turkey

The operation was performed successfully without any problems. When the patient woke up, naturally, there was pain. This pain and the swelling of legs that accompanied it, made Jeraldo hesitate when making the first steps on the day after surgery. However, these symptoms are quite typically observed in our limb lengthening patients. It is natural that patients think there is something wrong with their legs. We strongly recommended Jeraldo to force himself to walk every day. It really helps to reduce pain and it becomes easier and easier each passing day. For swelling, it is recommended to put a pillow under feet to keep them at a higher position.

Coping with pain and trying to walk with a walker after limb lengthening surgery

After 5 days of staying in the hospital, it was time to go back to Brazil. We took Jeraldo back to the airport and he successfully landed in his homeland. We are keeping contact with him, asking for images/x-rays to see if everything is ok, and giving advice when needed, the same way we do with all our patients.

Jeraldo’s x-ray taken soon after LON surgery is performed

UPDATE:

Jeraldo has successfully finished his limb lengthening (distraction) process. He stopped after achieving 6 cm height increase on tibia. Now he is waiting for bone consolidation, and is ready for external fixator removal. He still has pain on the right leg, and cannot walk yet due to pain, but left leg is ok. He is getting assistance from a physiotherapist in Brazil. It will take some time for pain to reduce, and with physiotherapy and exercises, it will be easier to walk and return to daily life.

On the x-ray, you can already see the callus forming, which is a good sign, meaning the bones are consolidating sufficiently.

This is how his devices look like:


Please stay tuned, this diary will be updated as our patient goes through his limb lengthening process. We will soon upload limb lengthening before and after images, patient x-rays, and more info…

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  • Hola soy de Sudamérica y quiero saber en caso pagará anticipado el alargamiento LON de fémur y tibia, aunque me someta a ambas cirugías con 6 meses de distancia, me pueden hacer un precio especial de. Combinación por someterme a ambos segmentos bilaterales? Que precio me dan combinado por ambos procedimientos, un precio especial?

    Tb preguntar qué combinación de longitud sería la más recomendable?
    Tengo 40 años pero hace años practico Pilates y yoga y de pequeña practiqué gimnasia:
    – 8 cms en fémur y 4 cms en tibia – 7 cms en fémur y 5cms en tibia

    Entonces cuál es más recomendable?
    En proporción y desempeño…. Mido 157.Gracias

    • Hola Carolina,

      Gracias por tu comentario. Como puede ver en las publicaciones de nuestro blog, hemos tenido docenas de pacientes de América del Sur. Nosotros, como equipo de WannaBeTaller, siempre estamos felices de dar la bienvenida a nuestros pacientes de Sudamérica. El aumento de altura que desea se puede lograr con la cirugía de alargamiento de extremidades LON. Sus 2 opciones son razonables, pero nos gustaría recomendar 7 cm para fémures y 5 cm para tibias para una mejor proporción corporal.

      El precio de la cirugía del método LON para una cirugía de alargamiento de un solo miembro (ambos fémures o ambas tibias) es de 17.000 euros. Me comuniqué con usted acerca de nuestra oferta para 2 cirugías.

      Para sus preguntas y más información, no dude en contactarnos a través de WhatsApp +90 531988 30 90 o por correo electrónico [email protected]

      Atentamente
      Muhammed
      WannaBeTaller

      Dear Carolina,

      Thanks for your comment. As you can see from our blog posts, we have had dozens of patients from South America. We, as the WannaBeTaller team, are always happy to welcome our patients from South America. The height gain you desire can be achieved with the LON method limb lengthening surgery. Your 2 options are reasonable, but we would like to recommend 7 cm for femurs and 5 cm for tibias for better body proportion.

      The price of the LON method surgery for a single limb lengthening surgery (both femurs or both tibiae) is 17,000 euros. I contacted you about our offer for 2 surgeries.

      For your questions and more information, do not hesitate to contact us via WhatsApp +90 531 988 30 90 or by email [email protected]

      Best Regards
      Muhammed
      WannaBeTaller

  • Hi, I have a lot of questions about LON technology but I speak good English. I would like to inquire if you have a consultant or an Arabic translator? Thank you

    • Thanks for your comment. The LON method is preferred by most of our patients. Also, Our surgeon Assoc.Prof.Dr. Yuksel Yurttash is well experienced in this method. Our patient consultants will be contacting you soon. Stay healthy!