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How bad is bone lengthening surgery for you?

How bad is bone lengthening surgery for you?

Bad: Terriblle idea for cosmetic reasons only indications huge length discrepancies or some dwarfisms 100%complicat rate pintract infections scarring pain significant. Ilizarov develoed thes techniquics to salvage severly injured limbs in stead of amputation. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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I know you can get surgery to lengthen the leg bones but will there ever be surgery that can lengthen the torso as well? How long til it exists?

I know you can get surgery to lengthen the leg bones but will there ever be surgery that can lengthen the torso as well? How long til it exists?

No: There will never be a surgery to lengthen a normal torso, but we know the rule is, "Never say never." It's unlikely that there will be a procedure to make a normal person's torso longer, but for older people with damaged intervertebral discs or with collapsing vertebrae, we hope for better and better technology to fix those problems and prevent those patient's heights from decreasing. ...Read more

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I am looking for correction of shortened flail toe from previous hammertoe surgery. Digital lengthening with one stage autologous bone graft?

I am looking for correction of shortened flail toe from previous hammertoe surgery.  Digital lengthening with one stage autologous bone graft?

Homework.: There are several ways to go depending on your specific post-operative condition. Bone grafting, small digital implants or spacers, just to mention a few. You should be aware that the chances of having a normal functioning toe are limited at best. Having multiple opinions is definitely the way to be informed before you commit. ...Read more

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Does bone lengthening work only for dwarfs?

Dwarves?: Bone lengthening is not limited only to dwarves. However most of the time we do not perform bone lengthening for cosmetic reasons such as increasing someone's height. Bone lengthening is usually performed in cases where someone has asymmetric leg lengths. ...Read more

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Does a bad bone contusion always require surgery?

No.: Most bone bruises or contusions don't need surgery. If there is extensive pain, slow healing or accompanying ligament or cartilage damage, then surgery may be indicated. ...Read more

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How is bone lengthening accomplished?

How is bone lengthening accomplished?

Simple steps: Cut the bone all the way. Insert distraction system on the bone to include above and below and start distract the bone every day about 1 millimeter up to tell you the length you want. ...Read more

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How much height could one gain from a bone lengthening procedure?

How much height could one  gain from a bone lengthening procedure?

Bone lengthening: Bone lengthening for cosmetic reasons is rarely, if ever performed. Most of the time it is performed to correct a discrepancy (one leg longer than the other). ...Read more

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I have had a cyst between my collar bones for about 2 weekes and I feel no pain or no bad effects , I sometimes forget it's there...it is medium size it has not increased or decreased in size . Is this serious will I need surgery or need for it to be drai

I have had a cyst between my collar bones for about 2 weekes and I feel no pain or no bad effects , I sometimes forget it's there...it is medium size it has not increased or decreased in size . Is this serious will I need surgery or need for it to be drai

If it is a cyst: If it is a cyst (sebaceous cyst) it will need to be removed surgically (usually can be done in office) if it bothers you are becomes troublesome. From time to time these cysts can become infected and need drainage and/or antibiotics. You should have the lesion looked at by a surgeon, dermatologist, or other medical doctor for the correct diagnosis and course of action. www.bmednyc.com ...Read more

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I had surgery 2/17/15 on my ankle. The surgeon also removed my cartilage. I got a second opinion and they said I have a floating bone. Is it bad?

I had surgery 2/17/15 on my ankle.  The surgeon also removed my cartilage. I got a second opinion and they said I have a floating bone. Is it bad?

Mgt: The ankle imaging studies will provide more information regarding severity. I would suggest having more discussions or a second opinion by an Orthopedic specialist. Physical therapy is part of the management after ankle injuries and can be useful in your recovery. ...Read more

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I'm having arthroscopic elbow surgery done in my right elbow to get rid of loose bone particles. Is it bad?

I'm having arthroscopic elbow surgery done in my right elbow to get rid of loose bone particles. Is it bad?

Not bad surgery: Elbow arthroscopy is not a hard surgery to undergo, and rehab should be rapid. However, the underlying issue with the loose bodies can be simple, or have concerns down the line. If the work can be done with the arthroscope, it will be much easier on you than the same procedure done with an open approach. ...Read more

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Pain medication after pec tendon surgery causing bad constipation and having to strain could I damage the repair by straining too hard ( fix to bone)

Pain medication after pec tendon surgery causing bad constipation and having to strain could I damage the repair by straining too hard ( fix to bone)

Probably not: the straining of constipation need not involve chest muscles. If you will contine taking opiod, PREVENT constipation by taking senna (perhaps with stool softener such as doc usage). Opioids almost always cause constipation, and cathartics should routinely be taken with them. ...Read more