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Shahid Hussain
Muhammad Inam
Muhammad Arif
Muhammad Shabbir
Israr Ahmad


Objective: To evaluate the outcome of lower limb lengthening with unilateral external fixator in limb

length discrepancy.

Material and Methods: This descriptive study was conducted at the Department of Orthopedics

Postgraduate Medical Institute, Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar from 2002 to 2005, on 35 patients

treated by Wagner method for their limb-length discrepancy. The limb-length discrepancy and bony

alignment was measured and ascertained both clinically and radiologically. Unilateral external fixator

assembly was fixed on the affected limb, percutaneous corticotomy was carried out and distraction was

started one millimeter per day after one week. Distraction gap was assessed and measured with periodic

radiological examination.

Results: Out of 35 patients, 25 were male and 10 were females. Their ages ranged from 18 years to 50

years with a mean of 29.3 years. In 17 (48.6%) patients tibial lengthening, in 14 (40%) patients femoral

lengthening and 4 (11.4%) patients both tibial and femoral lengthening was done. A total of 207

complications occurred in 39 segments. Out of which 128 were minor and 79 were major complications.

We were able to achieve excellent or good grade in 89% of bony results and 97% of functional results, as

per criteria of the association for the study and application of the Wagner method.

Conclusion: The outcome of Wagner method for limb lengthening is excellent in over 80% of cases both

in terms of bony and functional results.

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Hussain S, Inam M, Arif M, Shabbir M, Ahmad I. LIMB LENGTH DISCREPANCY IN LOWER LIMB MANAGEMENT WITH UNILATERAL EXTERNAL FIXATOR. J Postgrad Med Inst [Internet]. 2011 Oct. 17 [cited 2023 Dec. 7];22(4). Available from:
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