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INDICATIONS FOR AND AGAINST THE LEG-LENGTHENING OPERATION: Use of the Tibial Bone Graft as a Factor in Preventing Delayed Union, Non-Union, or Late Fracture.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery: July 1936
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In the opinion of the author the operation of choice for equalizing leg length in the majority of cases is that of shortening the longer leg by: (1) resection of a portion of the longer femur; (2) arrest of growth by fusing to the shaft one or more of the epiphyses of the longer limb.

When leg lengthening is definitely indicated the author recommends the use of a tibial onlay bone graft to bridge the zone of lengthening of either the femur or the tibia as a factor of safety in preventing delayed union, non-union, or late fracture.

(C) 1936 All Rights Reserved.The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.

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