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Lower Limb Deformity Correction
Surgery that involves limb lengthening can, in many cases, allow Mr Heidari to correct any limb deformities at the same time.
Deformities can also be treated using osteotomy (a cut to the bone) allowing Mr Heidari to realign bones and joints. These are then moved into the correct position before being stabilised (either internally or externally) and this can involve using an external fixator or frame to straighten the bone.
An osteotomy involves cutting a bone to realign it. Osteotomies are also used in joint preservation in order to realign the joints of the limb so they work correctly, reducing further wear and tear in the future.
You can help improve the outcome of surgery by attending a pre-assessment screening where you’ll have blood tests to check for levels of Vitamin D and swabs to rule out infection or other problems. You’ll also be weighed and have an opportunity to discuss your medical history. This is important so that any anaesthetics problems can be identified.
Please note: it’s important to stop smoking at least eight weeks before your procedure; this is because smoking can affect the body’s ability to heal and causes health problems including an increased risk of blood clots forming in the lungs (pulmonary embolism) or calf (deep vein thrombosis).
What can I do to speed up my recovery?
Raising your leg above the level of your heart and keeping weight off the foot as much as possible during the first few days can help with recovery. Make sure you follow any advice about keeping the wound clean and dry, and carry out the exercises advised by your physiotherapist as these will help you to return to your normal activities as quickly as possible.
Please note: it’s important to avoid smoking or taking anti-inflammatory painkillers as these can slow the healing process.
What are the risks of surgery?
- All surgery carries risks. With this type of surgery, risks include a small chance of infection which can be treated with antibiotics
- There is a small chance of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) following any surgery, although this is unusual following this type of surgery. However, you may be given blood-thinning medication after surgery as a precaution or if you are at higher risk. You will also be given support socks and exercises to reduce the chances of DVT