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Could The Surgery To Fix Bow Legs Make You Shorter
No: There are several scenarios for bow-legs, genu valrum or genu varus, which is a deformity marked by an outward bowing of the legs. Minor angulation can be corrected by braces, particularly in children. However in some, osteotomy surgery may be required - the bones are exposed surgically and divided with a special saw. The cut ends are realigned in the correct position and held with screws. ...Read more
I have bow legs and heard you can get surgery to fix this. I am 26 and only 5 foot 4 inches and heard that the surgery makes you shorter is this true?
Probably not.: You can be born with bowed legs (genu barnum) or develop them secondary to medial (inner knee) joint arthritis. Generally surgery involves removal of a wedge of bone which would shorten the bone, but the once the correction of the angular deformity is done, it more than compensates for this. Imagine the letter "l" as your leg. If you straighten it out, you'll make it longer. ...Read more
Would after having surgery to fix bow legs affect your legs permanently, as in you were a quick athlete, and now not as much as before in consequence?
Non-operative: 'orthotic' management considered in infantile form: less than 3 yr with mild deformity. Knee-ankle-foot orthosis to be worn 22-23 hrs/d for 1 yr.
Surgical: age 4 yr or more, failure of orthotic management with more severe deformities.
Your child's orthopedic doc will explain in detail after complete evaluation of degree of defrmity. ...Read more
Depends on situation: Bow legs are often seen as a transitional finding when kids first start to walk, followed by a knock kneed phase between 3 & 5 and a straightening by 6-7.This occurs as the child's hips & legs begin to shift their growth to carry a growing upper body. If over 8-10, there is not much that can be done. ...Read more
You can't: I'm sorry, but I don't believe bow legs can be corrected in an adult without surgery. Physical therapy may help to some degree, but modalities like leg braces are not as effective in adults as they are in children. You should talk to an orthopedic surgeon and/or a physiatrist (PM&R doctor). ...Read more
I don't: But there is a procedure and it would be done by an orthopedist. You might want to find one that specializes in this field... ...Read more
Bow Leg surgery: This is a complicated question: If you require bone grafting, you may have to wait for several months before the grafts become strong enough for all activity. If you are just having the bone reshaped/cut/remodeled, you may heal 6-8 weeks after surgery. It really depends on the severity of your deformities and what needs to be done. You could even be looking at 6 months to a year if ex fix used ...Read more
I m 23 and I have bow legs and I don't want to do make any surgery. I m seeking physical exercise. ..can it work?
Hard to say: Depends on a lot of things, if your muscles can overpower the joint deformity without causing pain, also if your growth plates have closed or not. Either way, never hurts to try. Good luck. ...Read more
Can bow legs surgery (after surgery) affect your legs permanently (you were a quick athlete, and now not as much as before for example)?
I'm sixteen and I have bow legs. Is there any way to correct my legs without surgery? Is there any specific excerises that will help me correct it?
Bone structure: Once your growth plates close, your bones have finished growing and their size and shape is pretty much set. At 16, your growth plates are most likely closed, and exercises will not have any effect. You can see an orthopedic surgeon to get an evaluation and find out what options you have. ...Read more
As a adult im 5'9 if I correct bow legs with surgery is there away they could shorten the bone as well?
Bow legs: MRobles ~ the surgery for bow legs can shorten the bones, depending what was done. At 5'9 why would you want to shorten the bones any more? Any questions here should be addressed to an Orthopod who is skilled in KNEE surgery. I am going to wager he will try to talk you out of that enterprise UNLESS there is extremely good reason for it that is not obvious to me here! Thanks ...Read more
HTO-Tibial osteotomy: Bow legs are a normal variant. If after injury or chronic pain persists about the inside of the knees, proximal tibial osteotomies (hto- high tibial osteotomy) may be indicated. The plumb line from hip to ankle center is, thereby, redirected to go through née center and off-loads painful medial compartment. (see picture below). ...Read more
Ilizarov: I assume you are asking about an ilizarov external fixator. The answer depends on the amount of correction needed. The duration is usually at least 4 months, up to a year. ...Read more
Yes I meant she is suspected to have bow legs. Is there a permanent cure without an axis correcrion surgery?
No: Not in your age.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can I be an athlete (basketball player) after osteotomy surgery for bow legs? Is there any sample?
It is posssible.: I am a pediatrician and I have had a patient who had bilateral osteotomies who was very successful playing football at the high school level. I am unsure if he pursued this in college as well. The orthopedist who does the procedure should have more experience and should be able to give you a more specific answer based on your specific surgery and outcome. ...Read more
Can surgery straighten my bow legs. I have already had surgery on both my knees. One leg is bowing worse than the other.?
I'm 19 & have bow legs. Is there any way to correct/better them non-surgically. E.g. brace or specific exercises? If not, what would surgery entail?
No: Braces are helpful only for children who still have growth left; in adults, offloading braces can help with the symptoms but do not correct the deformity itself. The surgery involves breaking your leg and placing it in aore corrected position and then holding it in that position with usually plates and screws for approximately 8 weeks until the leg heals in the corrected position. ...Read more
Risk/benefit analyse: Only you and your orthopedic surgeon can answer this question by carefully weighing your risk and your benefit of non-operative and operative therapy for this condition. Take a friend or family with you to the consultation. In general, the surgery for this condition is very successful. ...Read more
It depends: What is the underline cause for the problem, usually thet do okay. ...Read more
Hello, sir I have inherited bow legs and diff between both knees is 3 inches, do it cause any effect on height if yes should I go for surgery?
Bow legs & height: As you grow, yes, bow legs can cause you challenges with height. When you approach the age where your growth plates close and fuse, you would have reached your adult height, of which timing varies. Reasons for surgery should include persistent pain from walking or severe limitations because of the bow legs. Surgery for height, may not be beneficial and expose you to unnecessary surgical risks. ...Read more
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