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How Long Does Leg Lengthening Surgery Take?

Updated on July 13, 2012
How long does leg lengthening surgery take?
How long does leg lengthening surgery take?

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How long does leg lengthening surgery take?

Leg lengthening surgery is quite literally a drawn-out procedure.

The length of time it takes depends entirely on the age of the person, the amount of height required and complications throughout.

As a general rule it takes around a day to extend the legs by 1mm, meaning it takes around a month to gain 3cm.

It must also be remembered that the bones need time to set, and this will take a different length of time depending on the age of the patient. In younger patients, bones tend to set faster.

For myself at the age of 11 it took 3 months to achieve the actual height and a further 6 months before the devices could be removed from my legs.

What about the surgery itself?

Regardless of whether you are knocked out (the preferred option) or just receive a local anesthetic (it does happen), the surgical procedure is not a quick job.

Because careful precision must be adhered to and intense attention to detail, factored in with the level of surgical work required to be undertaken, it becomes a long operation.

For myself I was under general anesthetic for approximately 8 hours.

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      Pamela-anne 4 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      This surgery must have been so hard for you a young boy of 11 going through months of procedures what a brave soul you where; thanks for sharing your experience with us. take care pam.

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      John Crowley 3 years ago from Sheffield

      It was provided on the NHS as I was diagnosed with a growth disorder

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