Medicana Hospital Exp. Assoc. Dr. Okan Özkunt said, “Recently, interest in lengthening surgeries has increased. Lengthening surgeries are orthopedic surgical operations that can be applied both for aesthetic reasons and for the treatment of health problems.”
ISTANBUL (AA) – Medicana Bahçelievler Hospital Orthopedics Specialist. Assoc. Dr. Okan Özkunt stated that the interest in lengthening surgeries has increased recently and said, “Tall lengthening surgeries are orthopedic surgical operations that can be applied both for aesthetic reasons and for the treatment of health problems.” used the phrases.
According to the statement made by Medicana, height lengthening surgery, which has gained popularity in the aesthetic sense recently, is being investigated with curiosity by many people. In lengthening surgery, an elongation of 8-15 cm can be achieved with the help of appropriate techniques.
Medicana Bahçelievler Hospital Orthopedics Specialist, whose views are included in the statement. Assoc. Dr. Okan Özkunt stated that short stature is the general shortness of all limbs of the patient and the most common condition is dwarfism, which is commonly known among the people.
Özkunt said, “Short stature or limb can also be seen in cases such as traumas, hereditary diseases, growth cartilage damage, congenital deformities. These problems lead to negativities in terms of both orthopedic and aesthetic. As a result, the daily life of patients becomes significantly more difficult, and psychological problems may arise. used the phrases.
Noting that it is possible to lengthen the neck or any short limb with surgical operations performed with the help of the opportunities offered by modern medicine and developing technology, Özkunt said, “In general, neck lengthening can be performed by lengthening both thigh bones, two shinbones or both of them. . If there is only a shortness in a certain extremity, the procedure can be performed unilaterally, and it is possible to lengthen the arm bones with the same methods. made the statement.
Assoc. Dr. Özkunt stated that the interest in lengthening surgeries has increased recently and said, “Length lengthening surgeries are orthopedic surgical operations that can be applied both for aesthetic reasons and for the treatment of health problems. In these operations, which can be applied to the legs and arms, the bones are cut and fused to form a longer bone with the help of devices called fixators. These operations, in which it is not necessary to take bone from a different part of the body, are carried out entirely with the help of the body’s production of new bone, soft tissue, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels. In the treatment of diseases such as congenital or traumatic height differences between the limbs, dwarfism, and patients who want to increase their height, aesthetic lengthening surgery can be performed.” made its assessment.
– ‘It can be carried out with two different methods as external fixation and internal fixation’
Pointing out that the lengthening surgeries are performed by extending the bones day by day with the help of externally applied ilizarov technique or internally extendable nails, Özkunt said, “Devices placed on the bone remain in the body for a minimum of 6 months, depending on the targeted length. Considering the body ratio and the level of shortness in the limbs, an elongation of 8-15 cm can be achieved with the help of appropriate techniques in patients. In patients where an elongation of more than 5-7 cm is targeted, lengthening of both the shin and thigh bone is required.” used the phrases.
Özkunt pointed out that lengthening surgeries can be performed with two different methods, external fixation and internal fixation, and said:
“In some patients, it may be necessary to apply these two methods in combination. The external fixation method, which was mostly used in the past, is performed by using external fixation devices placed on the bone. In internal fixation, which is more commonly preferred today, devices called motorized nails, which can be placed inside the body and controlled by an external control, are used. After the external or internal fixation is placed on the relevant bone with the operation, the bones are gradually separated from each other, approximately 0.25 mm per day, and approximately 1 mm each day. The space between is filled with the help of the body’s production of new bone, tissue, blood vessel, nerve and ligament. As a result, the bone is lengthened by 1 mm each day.”
– ‘The treatment method frequently applied in cases such as dwarfism, congenital disease’
Stating that stature lengthening operations are applied to patients who have a genetically real short stature problem or who have problems such as shortness and deformity in their limbs, Özkunt made the following assessments:
“Although these surgeries are mostly known for their aesthetic aspects, they are actually a treatment method that is frequently applied in cases such as dwarfism and congenital diseases. These surgeries can also be included in the treatment plan of health problems that can cause short stature, such as hormonal disorders, nutritional disorders, childhood diseases that affect growth, bone and joint diseases or kidney diseases that develop in childhood. However, with the development of the techniques used today and the reduction of risks, it can also be preferred for height increase in patients who have aesthetic concerns about short stature. Since it is a surgical treatment method, risks such as infection, clotting and healing problems, which are common in all surgeries, are in question, albeit at a low rate. However, with the correct treatment and regular follow-up performed by specialist physicians, these operations are not risky operations and can be applied to most individuals.
Özkunt pointed out that in lengthening surgeries performed for aesthetic reasons, it is necessary to wait for the age of 19-20, when bone development is completed, and said, “In general, the appropriate age range for aesthetic lengthening procedures can be specified as 18-50 years. After the age of 50, these operations are not recommended due to reasons such as slowing down of bone formation and prolonging the healing period. However, in the presence of traumas, height difference between the limbs, height extension surgery can be applied to patients of all ages. Operations for the treatment of short stature and limbs due to problems such as dwarfism, congenital diseases and childhood diseases can be performed at an earlier age or in childhood, before the age of 18. made the statement.
Özkunt underlined that for aesthetic reasons or for the treatment of diseases that cause shortness of the stature and limbs, the correct technique, the correct time and the correct lengthening target will differ from patient to patient.