Leg lengthening and shortening - Risks
Epiphysiodesis; Epiphyseal arrest; Correction of unequal bone length; Bone lengthening; Bone shortening; Femoral lengthening; Femoral shortening
Risks for any anesthesia include:
- Reactions to medications
- Problems breathing
Risks for any surgery include:
Additional risks include:
- Bone growth restriction (epiphysiodesis), which may cause short height
- Bone infection (osteomyelitis)
- Injury to blood vessels
- Poor bone healing
- Nerve damage
- Reviewed last on: 11/12/2010
- Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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Hosalkar HS, Gholve PA, Spiegel DA. Leg-length discrepancy. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 18th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 675.
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