Limb lengthening and reconstruction techniques can be used to replace missing bone
and to lengthen and/or straighten deformed bone segments. These procedures may
be performed in both children and adults who have limb length discrepancies due to
birth defects, disease, or injury.
The limb lengthening and deformity correction process works on the principle of
distraction osteogenesis. This is a revolutionary concept, reversing the long-held
belief that bone could not be regenerated. With this process, a bone that has been
cut during surgery is gradually distracted (pulled apart), leading to new bone formation
(osteogenesis) at the site of the lengthening. In this way, bone segments can be
lengthened by 15 to 100% of their original length.
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