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Doctor insights on: How To Fix Bow Legs Without Surgery

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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 grow. ...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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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...

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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

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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?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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 won't work.

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