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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 by a wireless remote to gradually lengthen the bone. The whole process takes about 1 hour. In most cases, there is an inpatient hospital stay.
The recovery process begins immediately after surgery. Physical therapy is initiated from the start to keep your joints limber and body active. With the current implant, an assist device, such as a walker or crutches, is typically needed until the bone solidifies enough to walk independently.
Most often, patients elect to undergo femur lengthening only. Once the height is realized, the lengthening process is complete, and the newly formed bone begins to harden. Patients can then resume normal activities. Depending on how much length is desired, the limb lengthening process can take 3 months to 1 year.
The initial 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.