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 needs to come first. There is no point in trying to lengthen 10 cm per segment. If a patient desires to lengthen 10-14 cm, it is preferable to do 5-7 cm on tibia then 6-8 cm on femurs independently rather than to lengthen 10 cm on one 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?
Although this is an operation method, it is completely a cosmetic method. Limb lengthening procedure may take some time, but eventually you can get back your pre-surgery health and do sports that you want. For many sports types, you may have to wait up to 1-1.5 years after recovery. The key 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
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.