Limb lengthening and reconstruction techniques are used to replace missing bone and to lengthen and/or straighten deformed bone segments.
Treatment is often needed due to complications after injury and the correction of limb deformity including limb lengthening.
If patients are diagnosed with osteomyelitis (infected bone), they will require complex treatment.
Limb reconstruction surgery ‘reconstructs’ a bone or joint using an external fixator, or frame. An external fixator is attached to the bone by screws and wires. By adjusting the frame, the limb can be lengthened and/or straightened, joint deformity corrected and bone that is missing, infected or abnormally formed replaced.