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.