Landmark Limb-Lengthening Surgery Performed in Baltimore
Updated: Monday, February 17 2014, 06:08 PM EST
The first surgery in North America using a new limb-lengthening system has been performed at Baltimore's LifeBridge Health's Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics.
Surgeons used the latest generation of the PRECICE Limb Lengthening system, inserting a P2 rod into the shin bone of a patient at Sinai Hospital. The P2 rod is the second iteration of the system, the first externally-controllable internal limb lengthening system to be granted FDA clearance.
"The PRECICE Limb Lengthening System represented a revolutionary advancement in the field of limb lengthening," John Herzenberg, M.D., the director of the Rubin Institute's International Center for Limb Lengthening said. "This introduction of the P2 is the next step in this ongoing evolution. We are grateful that we have had the opportunity to be the first institution in North America to perform a surgery using this new device. The PRECICE system has been a great success at the Rubin Institute. Since 2012, the ICLL has performed 100 surgeries using the initial PRECICE system. We expect the similar results with the new P2, along with expanded applicability to younger and smaller patients."
The PRECICE Limb Lengthening System uses a rod surgically implanted in either the thigh bone or shin bone and an external remote controller to internally lengthen bones in the leg. Inside the rod, a miniature magnetic motor and gear box create the force needed to lengthen the rod. The power to drive the internal motor is supplied by a magnetic field generator that is held on the skin next to the leg several times a day for a few minutes.
Limb lengthening is used to treat upper and lower limb length deformities.