Limb Lengthening at Hospital for Special Surgery

Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service

Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service

Welcome to the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service where we specialize in limb lengthening and deformity correction for adults and children. We provide opportunities for individuals who previously had no treatment alternatives.

Patient Education

Preoperative education materials to prepare patients for surgery.

PRECICE Internal Bone Lengthening

The PRECICE system is an adjustable intramedullary rod used for limb lengthening of the femur and tibia.

Knock-knee and Bowleg Deformities

Pain in the hip, knee, and ankle can often be caused by bowlegs (varus deformity) or knock knees (valgus deformity). This often leads to pain, cosmetic deformity, and premature knee arthritis.

Foot and Ankle Deformities

Complex foot and ankle deformity can be difficult to treat with conventional surgical approaches. External fixation with acute or gradual correction of deformities can be used to safely treat complex ankle deformity.

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.

Upper Extremity Lengthening and Deformity Correction

Infection or trauma can damage the shoulder growth plate and lead to shortening and deformity of the humerus (upper arm). Limb lengthening techniques are used to restore symmetry to the arms improving function and appearance.

Limb Lengthening for Kids and Teens

In children, limb length discrepancies and deformity commonly arise from birth defects (congenital) or after trauma. Drs. Rozbruch and Fragomen can perform advanced surgical techniques that reliably equalize limb length, correct deformities, and even increase stature in select conditions.

See our patient case histories

We have put together over 80 different cases of our patients involving leg lengthening, fractures, arm reconstructions and more.

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Limb Lengthening Surgeons

*Chief of Service

Limb lengthening is also performed by surgeons in the Pediatric Orthopedic Service

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