Vejthani Hospital Leg Lengthening Cost, Thailand 2011 PriceReceived Sep 29, 2010
Thank you for having interest in our medical services. I am an international nurse correspondence who will help you provide answers to your questions.
Regarding your inquiry, we perform limb lenghtening surgery in our hospital and the package that we offer includes 60 days stay in hospital for the recovery. I provided some information of the surgery below for your convenience.
The estimated price for the limb lengthening is about 800,000 THB. This price includes 2 episodes of operation, hospitalization for 5 days and accommodation in the hospital's service apartment for 60 days with 3 meals and laundry provided. Monthly follow-ups with the surgeon is also included and will be arranged. However, pre-investigation of any underlying diseases and its treatment, if there is any, are excluded.
The height that you may get will be about 5 - 6 centimeters (about 2 inches) depending on your anatomical structure. One important caution about this procedure is you should follow our instructions strictly; absolute bed rest and a good understanding why you need to use the wheelchair and restrict strenuous activities.
Enclosed below is more information about limb lengthening surgery by Ilizarov External Fixator:
There is a limitation in height increase: if only your tibia (lower leg bones) are treated, the limit is usually about 5 to 6 cm (about 2 inches). But you can gain more by treating your upper legs (which will generally speaking double all figures below, because the treatment of upper and lower legs should not be done simultaneously).
Please be noted that this limit may vary a bit, depending on your individual anatomical structures. If your legs are rather short compared to your upper body, you are a suitable candidate for limb lengthening or height increase surgery. However, the maximum length somebody can gain is about 12 cm or more.
Basically, the procedure is divided into 2 parts:
1. Distraction period: during the surgery, the bone is cut and the Ilizarov External Fixator applied. The surgeon uses Ilizarov to distract your tibias. By the time the surgeon performs the operation with Ilizarov, he will put the interlocking nail into your bone before breaking your bone. The interlocking nail will not lock the distal screws at this time. The bone will be stretched to gain about 5 cm. within the next 50 days, starting 10 days after surgery ? a total of 60 days. After that, the Ilizarov Instrument will be removed. You will be in a wheel chair during the distraction period.
2. Consolidation period: When we reach the required length. The surgeon will put the distal screws to lock the interlock nail and remove the Ilizarove. So in this period the patient will live without Ilizarov at your legs but you can't put the weight on them. About 2 to 2.5 times the length of the distraction period. The bone is fixed to an internal metal fixator just like the ones used after suffering a bone trauma. Within this period of 100 to 120 days, the bone becomes harder and stronger and the mobility of the patient gradually increase. Walking with crutches is possible after about 1/3 to 1/2 of this period.
About length of stay,
After the surgery, you must stay in our hospital for 5 days. During the first resting period for bone to be grown (rate 5 cm. per 2 month), you can stay in our service apartment which is located behind our hospital. Because at this time, your mobility will be greatly limited. You must stay all the time in bed and wheel chair is needed.
After taking out the nail and there is no complication, you can go home, but you still need bed rest and wheelchair for the next 3 months. Finally, you are advised to visit our surgeon or if you do not want to come for follow up, you can send monthly X-ray to confirm that bone is completely healed. After receiving our confirmation, you can start to walk without wheelchair.
Our surgeon, Dr. Porn-A-Nake Tardthong has performed many limb lengthening surgeries, both on Thais and foreigners and all patients are satisfied with the results.
If you decide to come, please let me know your full name and date of birth about a week prior to your preferred date of surgery so I can arrange an appointment for you for consultation with our doctor.
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me.
9/29/11: My goal is to contact every hospital that I have listed on this site to get a rough idea as to costs, height increases, and timelines. I will post the email replies that I receive here on this site so it saves you the effort in having to do the same thing.
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