Introducing the service

Leg lengthening, also referred to as limb lengthening, is the process whereby a long bone is gradually distracted after a fracture. The term callotasis is also used to describe how callus (the new bone which forms after a fracture) is distracted or stretched to lengthen a bone. The femur can usually be lengthened at a rate of 1mm per day for up to 80 days gaining up to 8cm in height.

Mr Ian Bacarese-Hamilton, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Schoen Clinic London uses the latest techniques for osteotomy and distraction. Using the Precice Stryde intramedullary nail, he can achieve excellent results to correct your imbalance or make you TaLLer. The results to date have been excellent and you can be confident with our techniques and care, from start to finish.

Who is the ideal candidate for leg lengthening surgery?

Leg lengthening surgery may be suitable for you, especially if you are younger and quite supple. It is major surgery and you will need to tell us of any medical conditions as part of the assessment to see if you are suitable for this type of surgery. Smoking is prohibited and as you will need to undertake a strict programme of Physiotherapy with stretches as you grow.

Not everyone is suitable for leg lengthening surgery and you may not always be able to achieve your desired height gain. However, our experts will discuss this further with you and make recommendations accordingly.

Equalising your leg length inequality

At Schoen Clinic London, we are now able to offer surgery to precisely equalise your leg length and restore your balance. Modern techniques allow us to osteotomise the relevant bone, usually the femur, and then lengthen it to balance you.

You will be in control of the distraction using an external remote control which will allow you to grow the bone at a rate of 1mm per day. This allows for a very precise correction and the leg lengthening can be stopped when you feel that the legs are of equal length. 

Making you taLLer

At Schoen Clinic London, we are able to perform bilateral leg lengthening procedures and Mr Ian Bacarese-Hamilton uses cutting-edge techniques to perform bilateral osteotomies of the long bones and subsequent distraction.

Using the Stryde nail, one can weight bear following surgery allowing you to mobilise with improved recovery and better new bone formation. Bilateral femoral osteotomies will allow for up to 8 cm of lengthening simultaneously so that at the end of the procedure you can be 8 cm taller.

This is major surgery performed under general anaesthetic in a world-class environment with full support, Consultant Intensivists, pain management experts and physiotherapy.

A guide price for leg lengthening surgery is around £75,000, you will be given an exact price following your initial consultation with Mr Bacarese-Hamilton. You can spread the cost of treatment if you prefer with our flexible payment plans.

Recovery & rehabilitation: leg lengthening surgery

This is major surgery and it will take time to recover from it. You should be up and walking as soon as the same day following surgery. We anticipate a 3-4 day stay in hospital during which Physiotherapy will commence, mobilising you with crutches.

There is a short latency period after which you can start to lengthen using a remote external magnetic device which we will show you. You will then be in control of this and with support, we will show you how to grow. It is very important to keep stretching your muscles as you grow in order to prevent stiffness. This must be maintained during the growing period, but it is a good idea to start stretching beforehand and continue afterwards to maintain suppleness.

Top London leg lengthening expert

Mr Ian Bacarese-Hamilton has extensive experience in this field and was the first surgeon in the UK to perform bilateral femoral lengthening using the Stryde nail with great success. He has an abiding interest in bone growth and cosmetic stature lengthening. Whilst the Stryde nail is being redeveloped and improved he is exploring other devices which might do equally well. Contact us to find out what the latest development is in this fast changing area of Orthopaedics.

Mr Ian Bacarese-Hamilton

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon & Trauma Surgeon

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Our specialised hospital for leg lengthening surgery in London

Schoen Clinic London is ideally situated in Central London (very near Bond Street Tube) with easy access and great accommodation for those who wish to stay locally whilst they grow. We have a highly specialised Orthopaedic hospital with all the facilities you may need during your stay. We also provide the full complement of outpatient care such as Imaging and Physiotherapy in a modern and clean environment.

Schoen Clinic Orthopaedic and Spinal Hospital London
66 Wigmore Street
London W1U 2SB