Orthopedic surgeon Robert Bruce, M.D., from Emory University, offers patients a different kind of procedure that lengthens limbs through a metal rod that is implanted into the patient’s leg bone.
The ISKD works in synergy with the body’s natural bone healing process to achieve lengthening. As the implant expands, it stimulates the bone to grow around it, and the new growth strengthens over time. It is designed to lengthen for a predetermined distance and then stop. Full recovery typically takes at least a year.
The Intramedullary Skeletal Kinetic Distractor was FDA-approved in 2001 and is generally covered by health insurance, according to the International Center for Limb Lengthening in Baltimore.
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