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Could the surgery to fix bow legs make you shorter?

Could the surgery to fix bow legs make you shorter?

Depends on age: For children with severe genu varum (bow legged) that require surgery that might happen if the growth plate is involved. For adults it is unlikely to make you shorter. ...Read more

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Bow Legs (Definition)

Bowed legs can occur as a familial history, no orthopedic issues or problems with walking, bearing weight. This also tends to straighten out in time as long bones ...Read more


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Does the surgery to fix bow legs cause you to be shorter?

Does the surgery to fix bow legs cause you to be 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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Usually not: The surgery you went through takes a toll on the body. This means muscles have become weaker after less activity. It will take you time to get your strength and quickness back. Talk to your surgeon about specific concerns. ...Read more

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I am 16 years old and I have bow legs . Could they be cured at home without surgery ?

Hmm: Minor degree of bowed legs is not a problem but if it is bigger and bothers you then breaking the bones and restraightening can be done. At age 16 you have stopped growing so bracing and remodeling wont work. ...Read more

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Is it possible to treat bow legs without surgery?

BOW LEGS: 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

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Is this a way to correct bow legs without surgery?

Is this a way to correct bow legs without surgery?

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

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I have bow legs. How can I correct them without surgery?

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