Leg lengthening surgery helps correct significant leg length discrepancies, but it carries a number of risks, including:
. Bone infection (osteomyelitis)
. Poor bone healing
. Bone growth restriction
. Nerve damage
. Injury to surrounding muscles and blood vessels
. Excess bleeding
. Adverse reaction to anesthesia
. Blood clots
. Nausea and vomiting
. Joint stiffness
. Bone length may not be exact, such as longer or shorter than planned
. Muscle contraction (muscle shortens)
. Problems with the new bone forming
Always discuss with your doctor about the possible risks of leg lengthening surgery to determine if it is an appropriate option for you given the extent of your leg length discrepancy and how it is affecting your daily functioning.
Can you do Leg Lengthening Surgery Twice?
The total recommended lengthening is 2-3 inches (5-8 cm) in the thigh bone (femur). Lengthening more than 3 inches in one bone is associated with higher complication rates. If desired, another entirely separate lengthening procedure can be performed one year later in the shin bones (tibiae) to gain up to an additional 2-3 inches (5-8 cm) of height.
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