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Paralympian Superstar Swimmer's Fibular Hemimelia

MedPage Today discusses fibular hemimelia, a congenital shortening or absence of the fibula which affects Paralympian swimmer Jessica Long and includes expert insight about the condition from S. Robert Rozbruch, MD, chief of the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service at HSS.

Dr. Rozbruch explained limb-lengthening surgery as a treatment option for fibular hemimelia. “Limb lengthening is achieved using the body's own capacity to regenerate new bone as well as the soft tissues, ligaments, blood vessels, and nerves that surround and support it. The process begins with an operation called an osteotomy, in which the orthopedic surgeon cuts the bone to be lengthened. The limb is then stabilized using one of several different external and/or internal fixation devices or frames,” he stated.

Read the full article at Medpagetoday.com.