I am currently doing limb lengthening in Barcelona with Fitbone.
Just around 15 years ago, before September 11, I found out about limb lengthening, and I was determined to do it. But I never had the time and money. Then I sold my company recently, looked limb lengthening up again 2 months ago and yesterday I had my surgery!
As you guys of this forum helped me, I want to give back by sharing my experience.
How I decided
In 2001 I told my family that I was going to do limb lengthening surgery, but they were totally against it and at the time I also did not have the resources.
Thus I waited.
In 2012-2014 I was living in Kiev, Ukraine, and I was seriously considering doing it there. But for several reasons I did not have a good feeling about doing it there.
Then 3 months ago I read again about limb lengthening and found that it was definitely advisable to do internal limb lengthening and it seemed there were 4 internals rods that I could trust:
Prof. Guichet’s Albianizza
Prices for all these internal methods seemed very high, Prof. Guichet and Prof. Betz quotes me over 55,000 USD.
Then I looked at the fitbone website, to see all the clinics using the fitbone device and decided to write to several.
The response, and ensuing conversation I had with Dr. Alejandro Monegal from Barcelona lead me to trust him. Also, the prices he quoted were 36,000-38,000 euro, cheaper than what I had seen elsewhere for the internal method.
So 3 weeks ago I flew to Barcelona. I had long conversations with Dr. Alejandro Monegal as well as with several of his patients. As a result I became convinced that:
The surgical procedure is very standard and very little risk
The pain during lengthening is not so bad
Functionality will be recovered almost 100%
Thus I decided to go ahead!
I decided on the option of lengthening both legs at the same time, even though Dr. Monegal prefers to do one after the other. The reason is that if I am going through pain I want this to be intense and short, rather than getting even more pain once the first leg is done.
Doing both at the same time means that I will be bound to the wheel chair for the time of lengthening. As I want to lengthen 5,5 cm and 0,8 mm can be lengthened per day, I will spend over 2 months in the wheelchair.