What is limb lengthening?
Limb lengthening is the medical process of creating a small fracture to a non-union or deformed limb and placing a brace around the outside of the fracture zone. This technique helps expand the bones and the fracture zone, encouraging new bone growth and, over a period of time, increasing bone segments to lengthen the limb. This process of new bone formation is called osteogenesis and enables doctors to lengthen bones from 15 to 100 percent. Candidates for this procedure include anyone facing a deformity, such as those who were born with a defect, developed an infection or tumor, and individuals suffering from dwarfism.
Risks of Limb Lengthening
Although this procedure may be suitable for some patients in the hands of a skilled doctor, this process can also be highly risky. When placed in the hands of a negligent doctor, patients may suffer from nerve damage and blood vessel complications, lose pins, end up with unequal limb lengths, or experience complications with the lengthening and surgical hardware. Sites that are not properly monitored as well may increase the chance of infection and paralysis due to blood flow loss or nerve damage.
Baltimore Medical Negligence Attorneys Help with Negligence Claims
If you were injured during the course of a limb-lengthening procedure, then you deserve justice. At The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller, LLC, we stand ready to provide you with outstanding representation in your time need. These surgeries can be highly beneficial to some but also highly dangerous to others. You can rely on our team of Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys to provide you with the compensation you deserve after a failed limb-lengthening procedure. Do not hesitate to contact our team today to speak with an attorney regarding your situation. We provide free case evaluations to all clients, so contact an attorney from The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller, LLC.