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Limb Lengthening

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Treating Limb Length Discrepancies

From bone shortening surgery to the best available lengthening devices, Children's National expertly delivers the complete range of pediatric limb lengthening treatments, including the only approved frameless limb lengthening device.

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Orthopaedic surgeons at Children’s National help children with different leg lengths (limb length discrepancy) achieve better functioning and quality of life. Whether your child’s limb length discrepancy is hardly noticeable or large enough to affect his or her daily activities, we offer hope and specialized care.

Limb Lengthening at Children’s National: Why Choose Us?

At Children’s National, we start working with children and their families at the first signs of a limb length discrepancy. Our orthopaedic experts have years of experience and are trained in all the latest limb lengthening techniques.

Highlights of our program include:

  • Advanced treatments: The only approved device of its kind, the PRECICE® nail works from within your child’s bone to add limb length. Children using the PRECICE® device often experience less discomfort and better joint mobility during limb lengthening, compared to traditional external frame devices.
  • Minimally invasive techniques: We use small incisions to access bones and low energy vibrations to carefully break them when necessary. Our approach minimizes disruption to muscle tissue and veins and lowers the risk of complications. Learn more about minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery.
  • Developmentally appropriate care: We use X-rays and special calculations to determine your child’s projected limb length difference at the time he or she stops growing. Using this information, we determine the best time in your child’s skeletal development for treatment. In some cases, it is best to delay treatment until your child is almost done growing.
  • Accuracy: We ensure the accuracy of your child’s treatment from the start with the help of special computer technology. If your child is receiving an external frame device, special software helps us pre-build the device before surgery and calculate the necessary daily adjustments to ensure equal limb length and bone alignment.
  • Family-centered care: We pride ourselves in getting to know our patients and their families. This helps us tailor care and treatments to meet each child’s unique needs.

Learn more about limb lengthening treatments.

Conditions That May Cause Uneven Limb Length

Many conditions can lead to limb length discrepancies, including:

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For more information or to make an appointment, call us at 202-476-2112.

Limb Lengthening Team

  • Matthew Oetgen

    Matthew Oetgen
    Division Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
    Spine, Hip and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist

  • Shannon McClure-Kelly

    Shannon Kelly
    Associate Chief, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
    Spine, Cerebral Palsy and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist

  • Megan Young

    Megan Young
    Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Limb Lengthening and Deformity, Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist