Lengthening vs Outcomes ?

Are there any people out there who have had a lengthing and are now adults (25+ yrs)? How have things gone?

A study on lengthinging vs short-term outcomes

There is a clincal, peer-reviewed study that evaluates lengthening vs. short-term outcomes that appeared in CLINICAL ORTHOPAEDICS AND RELATED RESEARCH
Number 301, pp. 10-18. A link to the results is here [http://www.limblength.com/pubs/articles/curve/curve.htm]

The summary stated

Major complication rates during limb lengthening were plotted in a consecutive series to produce a learning curve. All unwanted events during and after treatment were considered complications, and graded as minor, serious, and severe. All serious and severe complications were considered major. A novel system was used to classify the preoperative severity of each deformity. One-hundred ten patients had 140 bone segments lengthened between 2.2 cm and 10.5 cm, with a mean of 4.4 cm. Three methods were used in lengthening: the Wagner method in 22 patients, the DeBastiani method in 34 patients, and the 11izarov method in 84 patients. Ninety-eight complications categorized as serious or severe occurred, for a total major complication rate of 72%. The percentage of major complications began to drop after 30 lengthenings to a current rate of 25%. Major complications were frequent in patients with more severe deformities, particularly in those whose cases occurred early in the series. Bone healing complications were high (72%) in the Wagner segments but were also high (80%) in the first ten patients treated with the DeBastiani technique. The first ten llizarov patients, who were treated later in the series, had a 40% rate of bone-healing complications. The current rate of major complications is 13% for those patients treated with DeBastiani's method and 33% for those patients treated with llizarov's method. This difference in complication rates appears to relate to the severity of the deformity, rather than the device used. There was a significant decrease in complications as experience was gained. Directed formal study and surgical instruction should help diminish these complications.

Its a good read for anyone thinking about lengthening.

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