Leg Lengthening Procedure Timing for Infants

Patient

Q: How soon can an infant receive correctional assistance or surgery for a short leg?

Doctor

A:   There are several different procedures for limb lengthening. The underlying cause of the limb length difference will determine the procedure to be performed. most surgeons recommend waiting until age 3 before performing a limb lengthening procedure. Until then when the child is able to stand/walk a prosthesis can be used to equalize limb lengths.

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