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

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Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Blake Miller
Dr. Blake Miller
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Is possible

Surgery can be done to correct the more severe cases of bow leggedness.
Correcting the problem and getting the legs straighter, plus the extra blood flow to the bones during healing, may make one slightly taller after recovery. If planned ahead, some patients undergo leg lengthening, using external frames screwed into bone, that can stretch legs 1mm per day for months, up to a few inches maximum.

In brief: Is possible

Surgery can be done to correct the more severe cases of bow leggedness.
Correcting the problem and getting the legs straighter, plus the extra blood flow to the bones during healing, may make one slightly taller after recovery. If planned ahead, some patients undergo leg lengthening, using external frames screwed into bone, that can stretch legs 1mm per day for months, up to a few inches maximum.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Shoaib Shafique
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possibly

Depends on the degree of bow legs.
Consult with an orthopedic specialist who is experienced in this procedure.

In brief: Possibly

Depends on the degree of bow legs.
Consult with an orthopedic specialist who is experienced in this procedure.
Dr. Shoaib Shafique
Dr. Shoaib Shafique
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