Patient Case History: Jack

Femoral Reconstruction in a Soccer Player

Preop

A 23-year-old man injured his right femur growth plate as a child in a car accident. The femur grew slowly and crooked. His leg length discrepancy was 1 1/2 inches and the knee was in valgus (knock knee). He had knee pain and a limp.

limb lengthening case 77 preop
limb lengthening case 77 preop

Postop

The femur was corrected using a technique called "Lengthening and Plating." The femur was lengthened and the deformity straightened with the help of the external fixator. Then a plate was inserted to hold the femur and help with early knee motion. The plate made it possible to remove the external fixator several months ahead of schedule.

limb lengthening case 77 postop
limb lengthening case 77 postop
limb lengthening case 77 postop
limb lengthening case 77 postop

Followup

A year later, he is back to playing soccer, his knee has full range of motion, and he is having no pain.

limb lengthening case 77 follow up
limb lengthening case 77 follow up
limb lengthening case 77 follow up


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