In tibia lengthening, the tibia bone is lengthened through a similar process to femur lengthening. However, the procedure may involve more complex techniques, as the tibia bone is thinner and can be more diﬃcult to manage.
There are also some differences in the expected outcomes between femur and tibia lengthening surgeries. Femur lengthening can result in a greater increase in overall height than tibia lengthening.
The main difference between these two types of lengthening is the factor of soft tissue, since femur muscles are considered long and big they are more tolerant to lengthening. Opposite to this tibia muscles include calf muscles which are connected to a strong Achilles tendon which is more diﬃcult to stretch. The decision on which type of lengthening should be done depends on anatomical differences between each patient and their needs.
The intensity of pain experienced during the recovery period may differ between femur and tibia lengthening surgeries, as well as between individuals. However, both surgeries can be associated with significant pain and discomfort two weeks post-operatively.
In femur lengthening, patients may experience pain and discomfort in the thigh and hip area, as well as pain associated with the external fixator device (for LON patients) used to stabilize the bone during the lengthening process. In tibia lengthening, patients often report experiencing pain at the site of the surgical incision, as well as pain in the ankle and foot. Pain may also be associated with the tension in the Achilles tendon, since it’s a thick fibrous tissue and diﬃcult to stretch.
Pain management is an important aspect of recovery following any lengthening surgery. Our team of professionals will work with the patient to develop a pain management plan that may include medication, physical therapy, nutrition, and other strategies to minimize pain and discomfort. It is important to follow the instructions for pain management closely to ensure a smooth recovery process.