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One of the most common deficiencies of the long bones in children. Fibular hemimelia results in a foot that may have a decreased number of toes, a short limb, and a short or absent fibula. Other related issues and deficiencies can occur in the knee and even the hip. Femoral hemimelia rarely affects the remainder of the child and he or she is typically healthy and quite active. Standard treatment can include a reconstructive amputation which provides a highly functional outcome but requires prosthesis. Newer techniques allow for reconstructing the lower limb with similar function.
Also referred to as congenital femoral deficiency, this is an uncommon limb deficiency of the femur bone resulting in a short leg and also changes around the hip and knee. Treatment options can include complex limb and joint reconstruction techniques. Typically the treatment begins at an early age and continues throughout childhood. Treatment requires a comprehensive approach and a long-term plan.
We use a variety of techniques to correct limb problems, many not involving surgery. If surgery is needed, we often use minimally invasive techniques. Our experts offer a full spectrum of treatment techniques for limb lengthening and reconstruction:
Our orthopaedics program is consistently ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
Dr. James McCarthy uses a Magec Rod to help lengthen a limb in a teen patient.
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