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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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Is it possible to treat bow legs without surgery?

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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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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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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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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Are there treatments for bow legs without surgery?

No: In adults, bowlegs are usually due to arthritis and can only be corrected surgicially. In children, there are nutritional and developmental defects that can sometimes be corrected with nutrition or bracing. ...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

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I was wondering if you perform correction surgery for bow legs?

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

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I'm 17 and have a question about surgery for my bow legs. How long will it take to recover?

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

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I m 23 and i have bow legs and i dont want to do make any surgery .. i m seeking physical exercise ...can it work ?

I m 23 and i have bow legs and i dont 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

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Can bow legs surgery (after surgery) affect your legs permanently (you were a quick athlete, and now not as much as before for example)?

Can bow legs surgery (after surgery) affect your legs permanently (you were a quick athlete, and now not as much as before for example)?

Usually not: The surgery will cause you to loose muscle strength and quickness initially, but you should regain this with training. Talk to your surgeon about specific concerns. ...Read more

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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

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What kind of corrective surgery can I have for bow legs?

What kind of corrective surgery can I have for bow legs?

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

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Will I get taller if I have corrective surgery for bow legs?

Not significant: Correcting genu varum (bow legs) can increase your height, but it won't be too significant. Maybe an inch at most, but this is for severe deformities. ...Read more

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How long after bow legs correction surgery, patients can remove those black things?

How long after bow legs correction surgery, patients can remove those black things?

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

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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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Can i be an athlete(basketball player) after osteotomy surgery for bow legs? Is there any sample?

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

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As a adult im 5'9 if I correct bow legs with surgery is there away they could shorten the bone as well?

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

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Can surgery straighten my bow legs..I have already had surgery on both my knees..One leg is bowing worse than the other.?

Yes: Bow legs could be corrected by surgery better results when corrected young, could be done on adults also, usually they will have established arthritis , even severely damaged joints. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Should i get surgery for my bow legs (genu varum)?

Should i get surgery for my bow legs (genu varum)?

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

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Contemplating surgery for bow legs (genu varum). How do I decide?

It depends: What is the underline cause for the problem, usually thet do okay. ...Read more

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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?

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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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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Can bow legs surgery affect a person's abilities? For example, in sports, you were quick, then got bow legs surgery, and now aren't as quick as before

Usually not: The surgery will cause you to loose muscle strength and quickness initially, but you should regain this with training. Talk to your surgeon about specific concerns. ...Read more