These days leg lengthening surgery is becoming so popular not because of its medical usage in length correction but more for cosmetic usage. In order to elevate themselves a few inches more many are turning their heads toward this surgery. Not only normal individuals, but celebrities, and famous personalities are also undergoing the surgery to look good.

Leg lengthening surgery is an essential medical procedure for the correction of differences in height of both legs. It works by distributing weight equally across your hips. Leg lengthening is performed when one of your legs is shorter than the other. This condition is known as anisomelia.

Whereas limb lengthening is a whole process that lengthens the bone in the arms or legs. It is a time taking procedure and requires patience. It can last up to several months in some cases for bones and soft tissues (skin, muscles, nerves, etc) to grow their length slowly. It is also used in combination with gradual or acute deformity correction. Hence, it is important to understand the process completely with its procedure, complications, or side effects as well as explore other options for treatment. Specialty Care Clinics help you to identify the required treatment procedure as well as perform the limb lengthening surgery.

Limb lengthening surgery


Our body has a natural ability to create new bones which is very helpful in limb-lengthening surgery. As we discussed limb strengthening is a long procedure that can be divided into 3 stages for easy understanding :


An orthopedic doctor starts by first performing an osteotomy in which bone (that is to be lengthened) is cut into two to create bone segments. The procedure that is followed is very specific to preserving blood and other biological processes that help in the healing of the bone. After cutting, a lengthening device is attached to the limb to create a gap in the bone in the next stage.

After this stage, a patient is released from the hospital one night after the procedure. The second stage begins after a week or 10 days of rest.

Distraction (lengthening)

At this stage, the ends of the bone get gradually separated which stimulates the growth of new bone structure in the gap created in the previous stage. This process takes at least two months.

After the initial process, here comes the role of the family or parent. They were taught by the clinical team about the functionality and how to lengthen the device several times a day. This can be done at home.

The whole procedure is monitored closely by the experts in case of any complications. In case of any issue, they might decide to pause or change the pace of the procedure.

Consolidation (healing)

Now, after achieving the required length of the limb, the body’s natural healing process continues filling the gap with new bone. Meanwhile, the surrounding muscles, tendons, nerves, and ligaments adjust themselves according to the new bone structure.

Limb lengthening device


Being tired of hearing shorty, dwarf, and other demeaning things people take decisions like artificial increasing their height. The height-increasing procedure is done on the femur (thigh) and/or on the tibia (shin). Technology has been advanced since 1950 which means today you can increase your height up to 6 inches or more.

During the lengthening treatment, a bone length is increased up to 2 inches or less. For legs, 2 inches of lengthening can be done simultaneously in the femur (thigh bone) and the tibia (shin) which sum up to 4 inches in total. Many factors affect the treatment and also the decision to achieve the desired height.

But, going on with lengthening surgery can expose you to various other complications like- the risk of nerve damage, muscle damage, joint contracture, dislocations, and arthritis. Ask your experts about the whole procedure and its side effects.


After a few weeks of the procedure, the patient will need crutches, a walker, or a wheelchair for some time in order to avoid putting heavy pressure on the treated area. During the recovery procedure, you can also try going on physical therapy to speed up the healing.

With every major transformation comes its after-effects, hence it is necessary to look into the whole process beforehand. Specialty Care Clinics ensure the total safety of their patients while performing limb-lengthening surgery. To book an appointment call us at (469) 545-9983.

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