Surgical Lengthening or Shortening of Femur and Tibia. Technique and Indications

  • H. Wagner
Part of the Progress in Orthopaedic Surgery book series (ORTHOPAEDIC, volume 1)


Any lower limb length discrepancy results in marked impairment of form and function of the locomotor system. It influences the patterns of gait and causes abnormal stresses and dysfunctions of the joints of the spine and lower limb. Leg length discrepancies of more than 4 cm represent a severe disturbance, while lesser differences are frequently better tolerated. Some patients can compensate a shortening of 2 to 3 cm with ease. Others respond with abnormal body posture, unphysiologic gait patterns and pain. The latter require corrective measures.


Intramedullary Nail Valgus Deformity Osteotomy Site Osteosynthesis Plate Soft Tissue Tension 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Wagner
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  1. 1.Orthopädische Klinik des Wichernhauses Nuremberg/AltdorfFederal Republic of Germany

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