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6CMFemurs

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My Second Femur Lengthening
« on: November 20, 2020, 09:03:37 AM »

Almost 7 years ago, I had Femur lengthening with the original Precice 2.0. I lengthened around 6 CM, before I had to stop because the bone was not cut high enough to allow more lengthening. I moved on with my life leaving the devices in place. Yesterday I had surgery to remove the distal screws and began retracting the nails inside my legs with the new ERC device. I hear and feel the nails moving inside my bones (actually sounds and feels like a hurricane with the new ERC retracting at 1 MM per 3 minute session). In a couple weeks I will be getting to confirm whether the nails still work. If they work (fingers crossed), I will do new osteotomy and start re lengthening. Not looking for anything crazy, maybe 3.5ish additional CM on top of the almost 6 I gained the first time.

Legs are feeling super sore after screw removal, going to take it way easier and use crutches the next week. We are retracting about 4 MM per day.
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Re: My Second Femur Lengthening
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2020, 11:47:14 AM »

Why have you removed screws only instead of all the nail?
It sounds kinda crazy a new osteotomy, in addition with a precice 2, 6cm is the best balance between proportion and height gain. Think about it.
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Re: My Second Femur Lengthening
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2020, 05:52:32 PM »

Removed screws, so I can retract nail without removing it or breaking bone.
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Re: My Second Femur Lengthening
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2020, 05:54:11 PM »

have you experienced any complications in your initial lengthening of 6cm?
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6CMFemurs

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Re: My Second Femur Lengthening
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2020, 05:58:57 PM »

@Sartbimpson I had zero complications the first time. I stopped because at my consult I said I only wanted 5 CM (no one had ever done ever 8 before, since I was in the first batch of Precice 2 to be used). Once I saw how easy and painless it was, I wanted to keep lengthening, but unfortunately they used to cut the bone differently based on your goal height, so the fat part of the nail would have fell out of the bone canal if I didn't stop lengthening at around 6.
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Re: My Second Femur Lengthening
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2020, 06:41:54 PM »

@Sartbimpson I had zero complications the first time. I stopped because at my consult I said I only wanted 5 CM (no one had ever done ever 8 before, since I was in the first batch of Precice 2 to be used). Once I saw how easy and painless it was, I wanted to keep lengthening, but unfortunately they used to cut the bone differently based on your goal height, so the fat part of the nail would have fell out of the bone canal if I didn't stop lengthening at around 6.

Ohhh I see! That sounds awesome then! May I ask how tall are you now?
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Re: My Second Femur Lengthening
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2020, 08:20:06 PM »

I am in the 173/174 range, a little over 5"8, not quite 5"9
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