Some patients stay in the hospital (in the NICU) during the entire process of distractor turning. By frequent turning of the device (at the hospital or home), the bones gradually separate with increased tension and new bone is formed in this space.
During the distraction process, babies often have a difficult time eating orally. Special feeding techniques are implemented to keep the infants well nourished.
If patients go home during distraction, parents learn how to perform incision care, turning of the distractor arms and special feeding techniques before leaving the hospital.