A patient talks about leg lengthening with the FITBONE® method

In 2008, Martina Kappes had her right leg lengthened by four centimeters using the FITBONE® by WITTENSTEIN intens. Learn about her experience of the operation and the post-op period, and what she thinks about it today.

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Martina Kappes describes her experience

Martina Kappes was operated on by Professor Baumgart at the Center for Corrective and Reconstructive Surgery of Extremities (ZEM Germany) in Munich on April 16, 2008.
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The FITBONE® System consists of the following components

The FITBONE® System is used for correcting leg length discrepancies. With appropriate preoperative planning, it is possible to make axial and torsional corrections as part of limb lengthening.

The FITBONE® intramedullary lengthening nail can

be used to achieve an extension of 60 mm in the

lower leg (tibia) and 80 mm in the upper leg (femur).

The energy required for the distraction process

is transferred to the receiver implanted beneath

the skin by applying an external controller set.

After the bone has been severed, it is stabilized

by means of the intramedullary lengthening nail.

After a period of rest, the patient can resume treatment

independently at home.

FITBONE® is surgically implanted into the bone.

There is no contact between the implanted intramedullary

lengthening nail and the outer surface of the patient's body.

1

The FITBONE® intramedullary lengthening nail can

be used to achieve an extension of 60 mm in the

lower leg (tibia) and 80 mm in the upper leg (femur).

2

The energy required for the distraction process

is transferred to the receiver implanted beneath

the skin by applying an external controller set.

3

After the bone has been severed, it is stabilized

by means of the intramedullary lengthening nail.

After a period of rest, the patient can resume treatment

independently at home.

4

FITBONE® is surgically implanted into the bone.

There is no contact between the implanted intramedullary

lengthening nail and the outer surface of the patient's body.


ALL UNDER CONTROL

ALL UNDER CONTROL

The external Control Set consists of control electronics and a transmitter. The transmitter is placed on the receiver implanted beneath the skin to send the power required for the distraction process.

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LEG LENGTHENING WITH HIGH TREATMENT COMFORT

LEG LENGTHENING WITH HIGH TREATMENT COMFORT

The FITBONE® is an intramedullary lengthening system for limb lengthening of the femur and tibia.

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A GLOBAL SUCCESS

A GLOBAL SUCCESS

The FITBONE® was developed in partnership with Prof. Baumgart. The product was launched in 1997. Since then, this innovative treatment concept has grown into a global success story. Every year, several hundred intramedullary nails are implanted in humans for bone lengthening.


BENEFITS OF THE FITBONE® METHOD

BENEFITS OF THE FITBONE® METHOD

In many cases, the intramedullary lengthening nail can replace conventional methods, such as an external fixator.

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PARTICULARLY COMPLICATED OPERATION IS A BIG SUCCESS IN THE USA

The FITBONE®-method got me up and walking again.

PARTICULARLY COMPLICATED OPERATION IS A BIG SUCCESS IN THE USA

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CORRECTION IN ACTION

CORRECTION IN ACTION

The video shows the procedure for a corrective measure—implantation, distraction and explantation.

    Treatment overview

    Process

    Each lengthening action takes around 90 seconds. The patient performs it independently at home about three times a day. The distraction rate is determined by the surgeon and is one millimeter per day on average, so 40 millimeters of lengthening takes approximately 40 days. After the distraction phase comes the consolidation phase, during which the newly formed bone hardens.

    The operated leg can bear partial weight relatively early on. Near the end of the distraction phase, this process can be gradually increased to full weight-bearing. This allows patients to return to their personal and professional routines earlier.

    After complete consolidation of the bone, i.e. after one to one and a half years after implantation, the FITBONE® intramedullary lengthening nail and the receiver must be explanted.

    Indications

    Compensation for leg length discrepancies in the femur and tibia. Custom-made devices may be requested for other indications: lengthening of short residual limbs, bone segment transport for defects after tumor resection, other bone reconstruction.

    The FITBONE® for special needs

    Custom-made devices are manufactured according to the specific needs of our patient. One example is a lengthening nail that uses segment transport to produce new bone following a bone resection (as a result of an accident or a tumor). Healthy bone tissue is transferred over the defective area and forms new bone.

    Locations of FITBONE® centers

    FITBONE® center in Germany

    Contact

    ZEM Germany – Zentrum für korrigierende und rekonstruktive Extremitätenchirurgie München

    Nymphenburgerstr. 1

    80335 Munich

    Germany

    +49 89 5434896-0

    +49 89 5434896-19

    www.zem-germany.de

    Contact person

    Prof. Dr. Dr. med. Rainer Baumgart