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The consultation, in-person or online, is the first step in beginning the process. A complete medical exam and appropriate radiographic imaging will be done during the consultation. Dr. Wallace can answer any questions you have regarding the procedure and he will determine if you are a good candidate for lengthening surgery.
Dr. Wallace uses a minimally invasive technique to prepare the bone and place the lengthening rod. The device is implanted in the inner part of the bone and is controlled through a remote to gradually lengthen the bone. The whole process takes about 1 hour per side. In most cases, there is a inpatient hospital stay for 1 to 2 days.
The recovery process begins immediately after surgery. Physical therapy is initiated from the start to keep your joints moving and your body active. With the current implant, an assist device, such as a walker or crutches, is typically needed until the bone hardens enough to fully weight bear.
Once your desired height is achieved, the lengthening phase of the process is complete. The newly formed bone will begin to harden. Once the bone is fully healed, you can resume normal activities. Depending on how much length is desired, the limb lengthening process can take 3 months to 1 year.