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Title: x10 - External Humerus - Dr. Dror Paley - 2010 - My Arm Lengthening Experience
Post by: x10 on April 19, 2010, 08:36:03 PM

Greetings MMT community members / guests

I just started my Arm lengthening (AL) journey and would like all who are interested to benefits from my experience as well as i benefit from your advices/experiences.  



Title: x10 - Arm lengthening with Dr. Paley
Post by: x10 on April 21, 2010, 03:34:31 AM
Greetings everyone. . .

Here is my story:

First of all, I don't want to spend time talking about Dr. Paley since he's one of the finest limb lengthening surgeons in the world rather I would share my experience with him and his treatment plan.

Pre-op history

- I've one hand shorter than the other by 5. 5 cm due to some birth complications.
- Thus, wingspan = 160. 5 cm >> should be (naturally) = 166 cm
- Target = 5. 5 cm
- Time: 8 weeks lengthening  + 8 weeks consolidation (4 months) on external fixture
- healthy and active adult playing soccer almost everyday since childhood

Consultation

I came to know that Dr.  Paley is very skillful surgeon specializes in bone deformity as well as lengthening almost 5-6 years ago but I was not determined to take the steps to approach him even for a consultation because I was afraid from such long treatment especially having these metal rods into your body through the skin  :o.  Lately, I decided to go ahead because I simply was not happy about the difference in my arms length.
Consultation was extensive from both sides.  I mean I expressed what I wanted and he explained what can be achieved.  Fortunately, everything I needed was satisfied (doable)  :D and felt that my dream will come true.  It's a matter of time.  We did comprehensive x-ray for both hands ( from many angles) as well as 3D CT.  Now, don't get me started to talk about this 3D CT, It's truly an amazing piece of technology.  In the end, we decided to compensate for the difference by lengthening 5. 5 cm as initial target.  

Operation - 14th of April 2010

In this day, I was admitted to St.  Mary's Medical Center in west palm beach - FL and dressed for the surgery.  The nurses attached a heating device to keep me warm while I was waiting for the surgery (to share an image of it).  Under general anesthesia, external fixture was attached to my arm during 1 1/2 hr.  I woke up feeling good and examining my new bodymate.  The after surgery pain was very minimal and it was centered in the place where the Doc cut the bone.  After few hours I was able to walk and use my hand normally with a 2/10 pain level.  I was discharged from the hospital on the 16th ( 2 days after surgery) and was able to drive and do everything except lifting heavy weight objects

(http://img260.imageshack.us/img260/2323/14042010133.jpg)

Current status:
I started turning the device 5 days post- surgery & I was instructed to do 4 turns a day  = 1/4 of 1 mm every turn = 1 mm per day.  Currently, I should've lengthened 0. 325 cm (0. 025 done at the hospital).  Pain level is 1/10 and I'm able to do most of what I used to do prior to surgery.  

Pin care
I take a shower on a daily bases and each time I check the 6 pins sites for any signs of infection.  I use anti-bacterial soap every other day and I've to change the bandages ever day.  Thus so far, everything looks just great.  


Finally, I am truly looking to see what I dreamed of really happen very soon.  Wish me luck. . . . .  


Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: Kidrobot on April 21, 2010, 06:02:51 AM
WOW! This is absolutely fascinating. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. Sounds like everything is going very smoothly and that you're virtually pain free. Pics would be great of course to have some sense of how big the device is etc. Sounds like it won't take very long either --4 months is nothing mate! Will your arms be symmetrical after the operation?

take care and best of luck!

Kid


Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: 5foot5 on April 21, 2010, 07:33:04 AM
Only 8 weeks for consolidation and then you can remove the device?  Shouldn't it be longer than that for a 5.5 cm distraction?


Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: skidude on April 21, 2010, 07:46:26 AM
If you don't mind me asking, was the procedure covered by insurance?  I am guessing it was since it is an actual deformity correction and not a purely cosmetic procedure.  Too bad being short isn't considered a deformity!


Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: x10 on April 21, 2010, 03:40:51 PM

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4 months is nothing mate!
I know. . .  it's like a breeze when compared to other lengthening experiences (leg for example).  Let's see how it progress.  I might be wrong especially when reaching +3 cm

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Pics would be great of course to have some sense of how big the device is etc.

 I tired but for some reasons I am not able to insert outside uploaded JPEG images

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Will your arms be symmetrical after the operation?

They should be according the treatment plan

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Only 8 weeks for consolidation and then you can remove the device?  Shouldn't it be longer than that for a 5. 5 cm distraction?

The idea here is that if you were able to distract 5. 5 in 8 weeks, then you need to keep the external fixture for the same period for consolidation i. e.  another 8 weeks. 

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was the procedure covered by insurance?  I am guessing it was since it is an actual deformity correction and not a purely cosmetic procedure. 

 You're right, Insurance covers specific cases other than for cosmetic purposes


Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: x10 on April 21, 2010, 04:28:19 PM
The Amazing heating / cooling device used before surgery

(http://img260.imageshack.us/img260/2323/14042010133.th.jpg) (http://img260.imageshack.us/i/14042010133.jpg/)




Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: x10 on April 21, 2010, 04:43:36 PM
 Here is a picture of the device: You'll see the distractor + the fixture


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Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: x10 on April 21, 2010, 09:13:49 PM
Again...

(http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/8562/1804201014611.jpg) (http://img94.imageshack.us/i/1804201014611.jpg/)


Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: x10 on May 10, 2010, 02:01:44 AM
Well everyone, itís definitely the time for fatty update as  a lot of things have happened since my last post. For example. I had to reduce the turning to 0.5 mm per day as opposed to 1.0 mm ??

Elapsed days since operation = 26 days
Achieved length =1.25 cm
Lengthening speed = 0.5mm/day down from 1.0 mm/day
Pain level: 1/10 ~ from start until now

I guess Iíd better kick off by saying that this should help everyone to understand what to expect when considering AL. I really hope that everyone will benefit from my experience and also I'd like to hear from those who can help me during my journey as i can see that not too many ppl are interested in AL cases.

I was very happy to have a very successful surgery and start fix an existing problem to me. I had my operation on 14th of aprilí10 and 5 days later I started to lengthen by following 1.0 mm/day schedule. 4 days after I started to lengthen, I woke up in the morning feeling that something is very wrong with my hand. I went to eat my cereal and noticed that I canít extend my wrist outward along with the fingers. I freaked out and went to ask my physical therapist.  She did not confirm or denied anything and said that it could be temporary or youíre facing some kind of palsy !!!
I contacted and explained to Dr. Paley and he said you are experiencing a radial nerve palsy and about 5% of ppl face this kind of problem under AL surgeries. He scheduled me for a decompression surgery (you can see an example of such operation in youtube Ė type radial never decompression). I ended up having a 10 cm scar in my arm after the surgery and Dr. Paley said and assured me that he checked the nerve and freed it from a compressing soft tissues. He went further and explained that the original surgery its self did not cause this otherwise Iíd have experienced this problem right after surgery. I responded saying ď yes Iíd agree that the time-to-failure was 9 days post surgery = 4 days after starting lengtheningĒ but i need to know what has happened. He explained that ď the radial nerve is very sensitive and the true cause could be a combination of the swelling after surgery + lengthening pressures. He kept reassuring that this is a temp situation and I may wake up the next morning feeling better or I would wait 6 weeks or the whole period of lengthening  :o. He said ď leave the worries to me but reduce the your lengthening pace by 1/2 so that the nerve gets some rest. He seemed to be so confident that Iíd have spontaneous recovery very soon since he intervened very quickly to decompress the nerve.
(http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af200/x10_photo/radial_nerve2.jpg)
Today marks the 13th day post 2nd surgery and the nerve seems still sleeping and Iím experiencing this inconvenience of having wrist drop and wearing sprint most of the time. Truly, I was prepared for the worst pain and nightmares except such a complication. So, I went to read many medical articles about radial nerve palsy and all of them confirmed that radial nerve is very sensitive to humerus fractures/breaks. Some articles mentioned that even when you sleep for very long time pressing on ur arm or sleeping on a chair for couple of hours, you would end up having this palsy and this is commonly known as Saturday night palsy  ???
Also, these articles mentioned that in most cases, the radial nerve would recover spontaneously and if it did not within 3-4 months, surgical exploration need to be done but the question is would it recover while stretching ?? Iíll have to find the answer very soon by seeking 2nd opinion from both orthopedic and neurologist. Any thoughts/hints guys?   



Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: beast on May 24, 2010, 07:47:30 PM
Hi.   Thanks for making this thread about your experience.   It's very much appreciated.   Please keep us updated and I really hope the complications with your wrist go away.   This information is very useful to me.   Thanks.


Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: x10 on May 31, 2010, 02:22:49 AM
Hi.   Thanks for making this thread about your experience.   It's very much appreciated.   Please keep us updated and I really hope the complications with your wrist go away.   This information is very useful to me.   Thanks.

Well, thanks for asking. Things are getting better with intensive physical therapy. I got personal reassurance from Dr. Paley himself as he said that I'm getting some extension which is a sign of spontaneous recovery hopefully very soon. I do feel some improvement and actually I can extend my wrist while resting on my back however, I still can't do it against gravity i.e. while my wrist is parallel to the ground. 


Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: jack0life on July 18, 2010, 07:09:42 AM
Your diary is a great reminder for all the crazies that talked about doing AL just to get porportional after they do LL as if it was that simple.
- Let face it, you are doing AL to correct a deformity and you are doing only 1 arm which allows you to use your other arm to do normal daily functions.
- Your problem with your wrist should eliminate anyone crazy enough to think about AL for purely cosmetic reason.

I've said it times and times again that your arms/hands are 100x more important than your legs.
We know that people can function just fine confined to a wheelchair but imagine everyday life without the use of your arms...and for what ?? just so you can look more porportion even though noone will ever notice.
Too much risks and no reward when dealing with AL.


Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: anonymous coward on August 06, 2010, 12:52:37 AM
Quote from: x10 link=topic=3332. msg37388#msg37388 date=1275272569
Well, thanks for asking.  Things are getting better with intensive physical therapy.  I got personal reassurance from Dr.  Paley himself as he said that I'm getting some extension which is a sign of spontaneous recovery hopefully very soon.  I do feel some improvement and actually I can extend my wrist while resting on my back however, I still can't do it against gravity i. e.  while my wrist is parallel to the ground.  

Hi
Please update, did your wrist get better?



Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: x10 on August 06, 2010, 05:54:24 AM
Thanks for asking.....it has 100% recovered


Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: dControl on August 06, 2010, 02:41:25 PM
this was a pretty interesting read

but 3 questions:
1. was there a reason you did humerus instead of the forearm?
2. does dr paley operate on forearm as well?
3. do you know if you can use your arms again post surgery as quickly as you did if you lengthened the forearm instead?


Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: x10 on October 01, 2010, 05:15:30 AM
this was a pretty interesting read

but 3 questions:
1. was there a reason you did humerus instead of the forearm?
2. does dr paley operate on forearm as well?
3. do you know if you can use your arms again post surgery as quickly as you did if you lengthened the forearm instead?


Hi dControl, 1. Yes there was a reason because the discrepancy in length appears in humerus. 2. yes he does . 3 not sure but I' guess the operation will produce the same results if the Dr. uses external fixture. In my case, I was able to do most of the things 5 days after the surgery. good luck


Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: Humerus_Girl on October 01, 2010, 10:24:16 AM
Hi,

I'm really interested in the physiotherapy component of your treatment!

Do you do your physiotherapy at St.Mary or were you able to find a good clinic near where you live?


I am having a forearm lengthening with Dr.Paley, we should meet up!!!




Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: x10 on October 02, 2010, 02:18:38 AM
Hi,

I'm really interested in the physiotherapy component of your treatment!

Do you do your physiotherapy at St.Mary or were you able to find a good clinic near where you live?


I am having a forearm lengthening with Dr.Paley, we should meet up!!!




I do my PT away from St.Mary as I can't afford to stay away from my hometown. Are you doing both hands ? and is there a reason (s) why forearm ?

X10


Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: x10 on January 08, 2011, 12:58:36 AM
This post concludes my AL experience. I removed the fixture early Nov10 & currently enjoying wearing long sleeve  ;D I was able lengthen 7 cm. This is beyond the original target of 5.5cm. However, I took "elbow-to-elbow" as guide to reach this new target. Now I'm fully recovered and under light PT for another two months. 

 
Thank you everyone for your visits / comments and advices.

Safe journey to all new dreamers


Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: Mr.Afzayesh on May 22, 2011, 10:57:42 AM
Thank you Dear X10
somebody in my blog asked me about arm lengthening and I told him to read your diary, but he didn't know English and I read some and translate it for him. it's the only experience about arm lengthening here.
I wish you the best
cheers :)


Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: x10 on May 24, 2011, 05:35:34 PM
You're most welcome. I hope your friend will benefit from my humerus lengthening experience.


Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: hemiatrofie on June 16, 2011, 07:32:41 PM
Hell how could you last so long with such a big differnce on arm ?
Thanx for your story.


Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: x10 on December 13, 2011, 02:33:51 AM
Hell how could you last so long with such a big differnce on arm ?
Thanx for your story.

For me,  It was annoying but not an obstacle at all


Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: PerfectBreak on December 13, 2011, 07:51:40 AM
Who did you see, how painful was it, how long did it take? :)


Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: x10 on December 13, 2011, 09:55:31 PM
Who did you see, how painful was it, how long did it take? :)

 Please spend some time and read my posts.


Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: PerfectBreak on December 13, 2011, 10:18:15 PM
So sorry didn't realize there were two pages ;)


Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: thatdude on January 05, 2012, 07:13:10 PM
Did you go to the gym or anything like that prior? Did you notice (besides being weaker, of course) unnatural strains or other that you had never felt prior-- did it go away?

Also, would you be able to post a picture of the scarring that has since taken place?


Title: Re: Question - Where to share my AL experiance
Post by: x10 on January 05, 2012, 08:20:55 PM
Did you go to the gym or anything like that prior? Did you notice (besides being weaker, of course) unnatural strains or other that you had never felt prior-- did it go away?

Also, would you be able to post a picture of the scarring that has since taken place?


I wasn't so disciplined about going to the gym prior to the surgery. From watching other ppl, I came to a conclusion that if I build some muscles I'll look shorter. However, I was allowed to go to the gym 9 months after the initial surgery date. Usually, add two months after removal of fixator.

From my experience and also Dr.Paley's observation, you need 1month for each 1cm you lengthen. Thus, you can go fast by lengthening 1 mm a day or go slow to 0.7 mm a day but you in general need 1 mo for each 1 cm. Thus, go slow and don't' rush your body. By going slow, mostly I wasn't feeling pain nor strain afterward. Some area in stretching my arm is still little bit tight and that's normal. Just keep stretching. Finally, my Arm is not weak by all means. I'm doing same normal things as before surgery. The muscles definition looks amazing at the moment with stretched muscles.  

Scars 14 moths later ( with almost daily oil therapy care)

(http://i41.tinypic.com/wi4qbt.jpg)


Title: Re: My AL experience
Post by: Arche on February 27, 2012, 06:43:13 PM
Wow your scar looks like it was from a minor cut! I have worse scars from getting hit with a paintball at point blank! (It was on my butt lol)

Do you think it would be too much to get a zoomed OUT view of your arm? You could easily keep your identity hidden. I just want to see the whole of your arm and how this surgery has affected it. Thank you so much, your diary is great!


Title: Re: My AL experience
Post by: x10 on March 23, 2012, 12:15:47 AM
@Arche

The scars are very noticeable however, the appearance has improved and will improve with time.  The is the best shot I can provide. I hope it helps.

x10


Title: Re: My AL experience
Post by: GROWtallORdieTRYING on March 23, 2012, 08:21:53 AM
it would be nice if you could post a photo. :) showing the scars


Title: Re: My AL experience
Post by: GROWtallORdieTRYING on March 23, 2012, 08:23:37 AM
sory for being ambiguius, meant a photo zoomed out showing the whole arm showing the scars.


Title: Re: My AL experience
Post by: x10 on April 30, 2012, 06:40:33 AM
sory for being ambiguius, meant a photo zoomed out showing the whole arm showing the scars.

As I said, this the best shot I can provide. I hope it helped along with the accompanying wording. Good luck


Title: Re: My AL experience
Post by: Arche on April 30, 2012, 09:00:35 AM
Hey man thanks anyways.

But here's the thing: would you ever get arm surgery voluntarily? For example, if you lengthened your legs too much from surgery would you get your arms lengthened to compensate? There are a lot of people on this forum now getting 10+ cm of total lengthening, and I just wanted to know your view on this. Also, is your arm back to normal strength? Can you do this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEwKCR5JCog

Thank you for helping out.


Title: Re: My AL experience
Post by: x10 on April 30, 2012, 10:35:30 PM
Hey man thanks anyways.

But here's the thing: would you ever get arm surgery voluntarily? For example, if you lengthened your legs too much from surgery would you get your arms lengthened to compensate? There are a lot of people on this forum now getting 10+ cm of total lengthening, and I just wanted to know your view on this. Also, is your arm back to normal strength? Can you do this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEwKCR5JCog

Thank you for helping out.

Well, I'd do it if the surgery is absolutely necessary due to proportion issue. The only things that would make the decision a difficult one are two things: 1. who is the surgeon 2.  living with two external fixators. However, I think in the near future, AL would be a very easy job with internal nails. This step would make a huge difference for people to consider. I also think it can be done nowadays but many surgeons are not interested or challenged enough to tap into this area of cosmetic surgeries. 

with regard to arm strength, I'm 100% back to pre-surgery strength. nothing lost in the process  ;)


Title: Re: My AL experience
Post by: Arche on May 13, 2012, 06:08:53 AM
^Hey thank you so much man. Your support is vital to this forum.


Title: Re: My AL experience
Post by: SpaniardManlet on May 13, 2012, 08:11:47 AM
Well, I'd do it if the surgery is absolutely necessary due to proportion issue. The only things that would make the decision a difficult one are two things: 1. who is the surgeon 2.  living with two external fixators. However, I think in the near future, AL would be a very easy job with internal nails. This step would make a huge difference for people to consider. I also think it can be done nowadays but many surgeons are not interested or challenged enough to tap into this area of cosmetic surgeries. 

with regard to arm strength, I'm 100% back to pre-surgery strength. nothing lost in the process  ;)
wow! a complete 100% strength? that's awesome! so, you reckon that someone could do boxing without problems after AL?
thanks for your diary is very helpfull  :)


Title: Re: My AL experience
Post by: x10 on May 14, 2012, 12:35:38 AM
Just to add some perspectives.

I wasn't boxing prior to the surgery nor doing any bodybuilding stuff. Thus, I answered based on my own feeling and judgment to where i stand after lengthening less than 8 cm. Dr. Paley told me that he can clear me to start bodybuilding 2-months after removing the fixator. Remember that the fixator stayed for almost 7-months attached to my arm. The longer you lengthen, the longer the period needed for full consolidation. Dr. Paley rule of thumb is 1-month for each 1cm you lengthen.

To be more specific on the 100 % strength claim; 10 push ups before the surgery == 10 push ups after recovery. 


Title: Re: My AL experience
Post by: Dookieman on May 14, 2012, 01:28:06 AM
Good stuff thanks for sharing your experience and information with us.


Title: Re: My AL experience
Post by: x10 on May 14, 2012, 03:30:32 AM
Good stuff thanks for sharing your experience and information with us.

Happy to help with information other than LL.
I know many LL vets want to explore doing AL for different reasons and I hope my diary has shed some lights on a real experience with an excellent doctor. I'll be always here to help :)

x10


Title: Re: My AL experience
Post by: Dookieman on May 14, 2012, 06:40:27 AM
Depending on how much one lengthens, AL may necessarily follow. The information you provided is priceless!


Title: Re: My AL experience
Post by: OneSevenOne on May 22, 2012, 05:23:32 PM
Yup, another hero on the boards.

Do you get any sort of ballerina equivalent doing Arm Lengthening?  Wrist Curl wor something?  LOL.

Great diary pal!

 :)


Title: Re: My AL experience
Post by: Dookieman on May 23, 2012, 02:01:22 AM
OneSevenOne- I swear you continue to provide good questions! Again that never even crossed my mind.  ;)


Title: Re: x10 - External Humerus - Dr. Dror Paley - 2010 - My Arm Lengthening Experience
Post by: SJohns on September 30, 2012, 10:44:43 AM
Hey x10.

I am 26 and in a similar situation that you were in.  I have one arm (humerus) that is 11cm's shorter than the other.  I am at a stage now where I can get the surgery done (private healthcare will cover it in Australia as I have waited the appropriate period) but I am still hesitant.  I have only found one other case study and it doesn't have a lot of information.  I am wondering if you have a before and after view of your arm where you are able to see the change in length (ie from shoulder to elbow).

My loss of length was caused from Osteomilitis at 8 months of age.  Have you had any problems with your shoulder joint? As a result of having one arm shorter my body has compensated and my shoulder has dropped and my shoulder joint is severely damaged.  I still have full movement, which always baffles the doctors but that is another story.

The part I am worried about is that I am a carpenter and I won't be able to work at all.  So to clarify, you were back to 100% strength 9 months after the original operation?

Thank you for your diary, it is great to read a success story.


Title: Re: x10 - External Humerus - Dr. Dror Paley - 2010 - My Arm Lengthening Experience
Post by: x10 on September 30, 2012, 08:21:53 PM
Yup, another hero on the boards.

Do you get any sort of ballerina equivalent doing Arm Lengthening?  Wrist Curl wor something?  LOL.

Great diary pal!

 :)


If you do Humerus with up to 7 cm gain , you won't experience any ROM issue on your wrist and honestly,  I don't know what would happen if you exceed 7 Cm.


Title: Re: x10 - External Humerus - Dr. Dror Paley - 2010 - My Arm Lengthening Experience
Post by: x10 on September 30, 2012, 08:32:44 PM
Hey x10.

I am 26 and in a similar situation that you were in.  I have one arm (humerus) that is 11cm's shorter than the other.  I am at a stage now where I can get the surgery done (private healthcare will cover it in Australia as I have waited the appropriate period) but I am still hesitant.  I have only found one other case study and it doesn't have a lot of information.  I am wondering if you have a before and after view of your arm where you are able to see the change in length (ie from shoulder to elbow).

My loss of length was caused from Osteomilitis at 8 months of age.  Have you had any problems with your shoulder joint? As a result of having one arm shorter my body has compensated and my shoulder has dropped and my shoulder joint is severely damaged.  I still have full movement, which always baffles the doctors but that is another story.

The part I am worried about is that I am a carpenter and I won't be able to work at all.  So to clarify, you were back to 100% strength 9 months after the original operation?

Thank you for your diary, it is great to read a success story.

I don't have before and after photos but you'll definitely see the difference and love it  ;)

I do have some very minor limitations on the shoulder ROM from birth. However, they're very unnoticeable.

With regard to recovery time. every person is different but you should know the rule of thumb of "1 months for every 1 cm gained". if you want to resume normal hand usage shortly after lengthening, then I'd recommend that your doctor inserts a normal fracture nail.

Good luck on your surgery


Title: Re: x10 - External Humerus - Dr. Dror Paley - 2010 - My Arm Lengthening Experience
Post by: Lavocadia on September 30, 2012, 10:12:23 PM
I don't have before and after photos but you'll definitely see the difference and love it  ;)

I do have some very minor limitations on the shoulder ROM from birth. However, they're very unnoticeable.

With regard to recovery time. every person is different but you should know the rule of thumb of "1 months for every 1 cm gained". if you want to resume normal hand usage shortly after lengthening, then I'd recommend that your doctor inserts a normal fracture nail.

Good luck on your surgery

Hi, are your scars very noticable?

If someone plan humerus lengthening for cosmetic reason(because of disproportion) and he ony want to lengthen 2 cm on each upper arm, what do you think how long does it take for hin/her about to be 100 % recovered?


Title: Re: x10 - External Humerus - Dr. Dror Paley - 2010 - My Arm Lengthening Experience
Post by: x10 on October 01, 2012, 09:50:52 PM
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Hi, are your scars very noticable?

Yes   ;D

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If someone plan humerus lengthening for cosmetic reason(because of disproportion) and he ony want to lengthen 2 cm on each upper arm, what do you think how long does it take for hin/her about to be 100 % recovered?

As I said, recovery time varies and depends on many factors. The bone itself can recover in a period of 1 month for every Cm. However, recovery entails regaining normal Range of motion (ROM). So if you go easy on Physical Therapy (PT) , then you would need more time to recover from the surgery.

Final note, I personally think that planing a surgery to gain less than 5 CM does not worth the sufferings. Good luck


Title: Re: x10 - External Humerus - Dr. Dror Paley - 2010 - My Arm Lengthening Experience
Post by: happyguy on December 03, 2012, 08:16:34 AM
Hey x10,

Thanks for sharing your experience - very insightful and helpful.

Just curious, how did you end up on this forum - were you considering LL as well ?

Cheers :)


Title: Re: x10 - External Humerus - Dr. Dror Paley - 2010 - My Arm Lengthening Experience
Post by: MilitaryGuy on March 26, 2013, 10:05:04 PM
Very interesting diary! Thanks so much for sharing!  :)


Title: Re: x10 - External Humerus - Dr. Dror Paley - 2010 - My Arm Lengthening Experience
Post by: deathorb on December 11, 2014, 02:27:16 PM
Any prices mentioned? - just wondering.  Would seem do able if it was cheap (ish)