The Ilizarov is the first explored method of bone lengthening, that the bone is fixed with thin wires and hoops.

The surgery decision is taken after the necessary medical exams and tests are done by the doctor before the operation and of course, if the patient is overly obsessed with the short height.

Postoperative rehabilitation

Patients are usually walk with the help of crutches the next day after surgery. The 1st day after surgery, patients should start rehabilitation. The goal is to prevent muscle rigidity, and to keep muscle tone normal. Patients are discharged at the end of the first rehabilitation and device adjustment process in the 4-7 day hospital. This process continues at home or at work until the bone is healing and the device is removed.

Patients go to the clinic for health control every 2-3 weeks. During the control, the condition of the device and wires/screws on the skin is checked. Wire and screw care is taught again in each control. It is also checked fracture healing.

If a deformity correction surgery is performed, the bone usually matures in 3-4 months and the device is removed. If lengthening is stopped, the duration of bone consolidation is usually calculated to be about 1.5 months for each lengthened centimeters. For example; If the bone is planned to be lengthened by 6-7 cm, our total treatment duration is approximately 10-12 months. But it depends on age of the patient, overall body health and bone quality. Especially the use of cigarettes prolongs this period very much. If necessary, after the device is removed, plaster or plastic devices are used for about 1-2 months to allow the bone to fully strengthen.

Important points

Although Ilizarov’s surgery seems simple, the result is frustrating if it is not done in competent hands and the method is not applied well. Whether during the operation or during the treatment, Dr. When the principles laid down by Ilizarov are not complied with, complaints are faced with sad problems for both the physician and the patient.

These surgeries should be done by competent orthopedists at the centers where the method is well known and applied.

The patient should be informed about the benefits and harms of this operation, possible problems, and if it is thought that this operation can not be adapted, another method should be preferred.

The patient should do the wire / screw and device care at the beginning, and he / she should perform the full recommendation given by his / her doctor. Wire / screw care should be done daily with 70% pure alcohol or 10% Betadine solutions and sterile gauze. If you see signs of infection such as redness, swelling and wound growth around these materials, you should see the doctor who performed the surgery as soon as possible.
Especially smoking should not be used as it will delay the formation and maturation of new bone. Patients who can not quit smoking should choose another method. Apart from that, patients should show general consciousness to body health and pay attention to the nutritional regimen recommended by the doctor.


The price for Limb Lengthening surgery with Ilizarov method is 7 000 EUR.

To ensure a healthy and smooth limb lengthening experience, we have included the following services in this total cost:

  • meeting patients at the airport and transportation to hotel/hospital
  • accommodation in a 5-star hotel (1-3 days)
  • an English-speaking caretaker who will be around 7/24
  • Istanbul tour (historical and touristic places+boat tour+meals in our famous restaurants)
  • Medical examinations before operation
  • 5-7 days of hospital stay
  • Physiotherapist assistance and medications during hospital stay
  • Walker+crutches+wheelchair
  • Transportation to airport when leaving
  • FREE consultation with doctors and consultants whenever you need, even after lengthening is finished

The price for leg lengthening covers the following costs in addition to the surgery itself:

  • Hospital stay for up to 7 days.
  • All hospital charges relating to the operating room and recovery room.
  • Surgeon fees.
  • Anesthesiologist fees.
  • Surgery assistant fees.
  • Hospitalist fees (internal medicine doctor available during the entire hospital stay).
  • Transportation to and from the hostital (from/to the airport).

Our patient consultant will give you much more detailed info about the method, doctors, prices and available discounts.

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