Pacific Limb Lengthening

For those struggling with their short stature, Dr. David Cinats has the solution. Pacific Limb Lengthening has made stature surgery available to patients throughout Vancouver and the surrounding area. Sometimes referred to as cosmetic limb lengthening, this type of cosmetic surgery lengthens bones in arms or legs.

Orthopedic surgeons have been practicing limb lengthening surgery for years. The process began as an answer to birth defects, degenerative disease or as a way to improve range of motion in patients who have experienced uneven bone growth. Surgical lengthening procedures are able to help patients in reaching their goals for a more balanced look, treating existing medical issues or in a cosmetic capacity to add height.

Pacific Limb Lengthening

Pacific Limb Lengthening: Specialized Surgical Treatments & Care

Having an arm or leg lengthened will have a high-impact result by utilizing the body’s natural healing ability combined with a speciality made medical lengthening device. More than just scheduling a short stay in the hospital, expert surgeons will work alongside patients as they navigate pre-op preparations, manage expectations, work with physical therapists and learn how to operate their lengthening device.

Highly trained medial professionals will listen carefully to the goals and needs of every patient, creating a customized treatment and recovery plan that suits your unique needs. At Pacific Limb Lengthening medical experts are committed to helping patients realize their stature goals safely with specialized surgical treatments and care. 

Stature Surgery: Understanding the Process

In the past, height seemed to be the one physical characteristic that couldn’t be changed. Modern advancements in medicine have made it possible to add inches of height to any individual. The lengthening process involves using the body’s natural process of bone growth and combine it with medical devices that are used over a period of months to lengthen bones.

Initial Consultations

Consultations with surgeons are performed long before a treatment date is set. These consultations can be done in-person or virtually and allow patients to discuss their overall goals with specialists. If surgical lengthening is a viable fit for you, your care team will discuss the finer details of the procedure and what to expect. X-rays are also performed during the consultation phase.

X-rays and bone measurements will review the amounts of lengthening that will work with your body. During the consultation phase surgeons and care providers will discuss the different types of devices that are available and which one is best suited to your needs.

Surgical Procedure

The surgical aspect of lengthening involves having an orthopaedic surgeon cut the bone in the desired area. A device is inserted or secured near the osteotomy. When there is separation in a bone, your body will try to fill the gap. Following surgery, the next two months are often referred to as the bone distraction phase.

Patients will have an internal device, which can be adjusted with a remote control, or external fixators that are adjusted manually. Following the surgery patients will be required to make adjustments to their devices as recommended by their care provider.

External Fixator: This type of device is worn outside the body and consists of a thin, metal frame that is attached to the bone, usually with pins. These will have a mechanism that can be adjusted manually multiple times per day.

Internal Device: Internal models are placed inside the bone and aren’t visible outside of the body. Adjustments are made using a remote control.

Post-Op Adjustments

Once the initial surgery is finished, patients will have to make small adjustments to their devices several times throughout the day. Each small adjustment separates the two segments of bones, creating a gap. The body’s natural bone renewal process will try to connect these two segments. In time, adjustments are stopped and the body will be able to fully fuse the bone segments together.

After Care

Following the surgical procedure and post-op period, patients will be given x-rays and the opportunity to discuss the results with their surgeon. It is important to make sure that the healing process is on-track and patients are not having their range of motion or physical ability impacted in an unexpected way. Continued physical therapy will encourage safe and sustainable healing. PT builds muscle strength and range of motion both during sessions and through at-home exercises.

Once bones have reached the desired length and your goals as a patient are met, it is time to stop making adjustments and allow the new bone time to harden. This will often take roughly 3 months and is called the consolidation phase.

Dr. David Cinats and the expert medical team at Pacific Limb Lengthening are available both before and after surgery for virtual consultations and updates to make sure that you are always informed and involved in your treatment.

Limb lengthening surgery can be performed on: Humerus (upper arm bone), Radius (forearm bones), femur (thigh bone), tibia (shin bone).