Is there surgery that makes you taller?

Limb Lengthening surgery by Ilizarov Methodology was the first successfully explored methodology for bone lengthening, whereby the bone is fixed with thin wires and hoops.

Limb Lengthening surgery by Ilizarov Methodology
Limb Lengthening Surgery Methodology: ILIZAROV

After the necessary medical examinations and tests are completed by the doctors, the surgical team makes a decision about the Limb Lengthening surgery by Ilizarov Methodology; taking into account the physiological and psychological implications on the patients suffering from short or limited stature and/or limb deformities.

Post-Op Rehabilitation

Usually, patients tend to start walking, with assisted care ie crutches, from the next day of the Limb Lengthening surgery by Ilizarov Methodology and physiological rehabilitation is recommended thereafter, etc. The primary goal, after the surgery, is to prevent any muscle rigidity and to maintain the muscle tone within normal parameters. Generally, patients are discharged, after their first rehabilitation session and the lengthening devices are adjusted accordingly, a process that may last between 4 to 7 days at the hospital. Soon after, the lengthening process can resume at the ease of the patient; until the time that the bones have been completely removed and the devices are removed.

Patients are strongly advised to visit the clinics for their health assessment, every 2 to 3 weeks. During this medical assessment, the condition of the patient’s skin, the installed devices, the wires, and the screws are evaluated. Furthermore, the patient’s bone integrity and fracture conditions are thoroughly checked and they are re-informed.

Usually, where a bone deformity correction surgery is performed, the bones are expected to heal and mature within 3 to 4 months period, soon after, the lengthening devices are removed. Once, the lengthening process stops, bone consolidation period begins, which generally lasts between 45 days, for each lengthened centimeter; eg where the bone is scheduled to be elongated by 6 to 7 cm, the total recovery period may last between 10 to 12 months. However, this is a general estimation, which is dependent upon various factors, including but not limited to, patients’ medical history, age, overall bone health, integrity, and quality. As per the medical team assessment, once the devices are removed, the use of plaster or other plastic devices may be recommended for a period of 30 to 60 days, for the bones to fully strengthen.

Essential Key Facts

Although Ilizarov’s surgical methodology may be very straightforward and simple, the result may sometimes be quite frustrating. With a Limb Lengthening surgery by Ilizarov Methodology, complications may arise, leading to gloomy outcomes, both for the patients and the medical teams involved.

Thus, it is highly recommended that such surgical procedures have been performed by the competent orthopedic teams, where the recommended medical centers, where such methodologies are commonly and successfully performed. The patients must be provided with accurate information. Furthermore, if the medical team recommends another lengthen methodology for patients, due to their physiology, then this method should not be opted for.

It is strongly advised that the patients perform their wires & screw; From the very beginning and the medical practitioner’s guidance. It is highly recommended that the patient care and sterilize the device, its wires, and screws daily; with 70% Pure Alcohol or a 10% Betadine solution, with sterile gauze. If the patient notices any indication of an infection, such as redness, swelling and/or wound growth, they should immediately contact their doctor, who performed the surgery and visit them as soon as possible.

It must be noted that smoking should be avoided as it would retard the formation and maturation of the new bone; and those patients who cannot quit smoking during this recovery period. Besides, patients should display a general knowledge of their general health.

Packages and Total Costs (2020):

At the moment, the cost for a single bilateral ( Both Legs ) surgery, either on the “femoral” or “Tibial” bones for Limb Lengthening surgery by Ilizarov Methodology is currently priced at around: (€) 13,500 Euros. (valid till 1 Apr 2020) .

Please note: For a double Limb Lengthening surgery by Ilizarov Methodology, first on the femoral bones and later on the tibia bones or vice versa ( with a 6 months consolidation period between both the surgeries ); the price will be calculated as two separate surgeries. THUS; (€) 13,500 Euros multiplied by 2 surgeries: (€) 27,000 Euros.

Limb Lengthening surgery by Ilizarov Methodology for Limb Length Discrepancy Correction (Non-Cosmetic) Singular bone, either Femur or Tibia; with Ilizarov’s Method is priced at (€) 8,000

Furthermore, for a completely healthy and smooth Limb Lengthening surgery by Ilizarov Methodology and overall experience, we provide the following facilities, which are included in the total price:

  • Meeting and greeting our patients at the airports, including all transportation to the hotels & hospitals
  • Accommodation in a 5-star hotel (1 to 3 days)
  • An English-speaking caretaker who will assist our patients 24/7
  • Complimentary Istanbul tour, including historical and touristic visits, boat tours and meals in our famous Turkish restaurants
  • All necessary medical examinations and tests before the surgical operation
  • 5 to 7 days of hospitalization
  • Physiotherapist’s assistance and all medications are covered, during the patient’s hospitalization
  • Walker, crutches & wheelchair for assisted movement (Post-Op)
  • Transportation to the airport upon departure
  • FREE consultation with doctors and consultants

The above-mentioned price also includes the following costs, in addition to the surgery itself

  • All hospital charges associated with the operating room and recovery room.
  • Surgeon’s fees.
  • Anesthesiologist’s fees.
  • Surgical assistant’s fees.
  • Hospitalization fees (Internal medicine doctors will be available during the entire hospitalization period).

Get a free voucher up to 1000 euros on Physiotherapy!

* If you will stay in Istanbul during distraction phase after the surgery you can get free physiotherapy service once every two
days during 2 months

* If you will leave Turkey after the surgery you can get a voucher up to 1000 euros for physiotherapy in your home country.
Furthermore, you can contact our patient consultants, at your convenience, for a detailed discussion regarding the procedures and any information that you may require in relation to the procedures, medical teams, prices and any available discounts.


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