Forewarned is forearmed
Every body heals and reacts differently to changes. This holds true for any major invasive procedure. For this reason, patients are subject to a list of requirements to undergo stature or limb-length adjustment procedures.
These requirements are more stringent for cosmetic surgeries than medical ones as the latter sometimes involve patients with urgent need for treatment.
The following are some typical considerations for undergoing stature adjustment or limb-lengthening procedures.
Weight – Limb-lengthening devices have a weight-bearing limit that could cause breakage and malfunction when exceeded.
Chronic infectious illnesses – The requirement for constant treatment of open wounds presents an increased risk of diseases being passed on through blood or bodily fluids.
Age– Tissue regeneration ability in the body exhausts with age and can impair the lengthening process.
Natural immunity – Weakened immune systems are more susceptible to infections and complications.
Patients are also at risk of several complications that could decelerate or halt the lengthening process.
These risks rarely occur due to stringent monitoring by surgeons and aftercare centres, but patients are advised to inform themselves of issues they may encounter.