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

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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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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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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Who are the surgeons who perform cosmetic genu varum/bow legs corrective surgery?

Who are the surgeons who perform cosmetic genu varum/bow legs corrective surgery?

Orthopaedic Surgeons: Orthopaedic surgeons perform what is also called high tibial osteotomies (hto). Most are performed as medial opening wedge osteotomies. Locking plates or newer peek (dense plastic) wedge-shaped implants are used in conjunction with bone graft or bone graft substitute materials to promote sound healing. ...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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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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Contemplating surgery for bow legs (genu varum). How do I decide?

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

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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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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Contemplating surgery for bow legs (genu varum). What are the risks involved with this?

Talk to your doctor: Your surgeon should have a discussion of risks with you. Your individual risk will be influenced by the severity of your condition and overall health. Risks include nerve and blood vessel injury, compartment syndrome, infection, bleeding, wound problems, failure of bones to heal, implant failure, residual deformity, new or continued pain, and the risks associated with anesthesia. ...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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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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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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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 won't work. ...Read more

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