Trauma: Nonunion and Malunion

Problems with bone healing, alignment, or infection can occur after bone trauma. Nonunion is when the bone does not heal properly leaving the limb with pain and instability. When a fracture heals in a deformed position or with shortening of the limb, this is called a malunion. In children, the growth plate can sustain damage that results in limb deformity and shortening. Bone loss after infection and trauma can lead to a limb threatening situation. In all these cases, surgeons in the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service (LLCRS) can restore your limb alignment, length, and stability and get you back to full activity.







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