Patient Case History: Kim

Tibial Lengthening with the LATN Technique


Patient Surgeon: S. Robert Rozbruch
Kim had a congenital left leg shortening of one inch leading to knee and back pain. Notice her standing on her left toes.


We lengthened her tibia with a lengthening and then nailing (LATN) technique. A TSF external fixator was used for gradual lengthening over one month.


After the lengthening phase had ended, a tibial nail was inserted and the frame was removed. With the LATN she wore the external fixator for just one month.


Her leg lengths are equal and her back and knee pain have improved. Notice Kim's beautiful needlepoint.

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