Innovative Medical Technique Saves Limbs

An innovative surgical technique called Bone Transport is being
used to save limbs. Dr. Austin Fragomen, Fellowship Director for
the Institute of Limb Lengthening and reconstruction surgery at
the Hospital for Special Surgery, uses an evolution of techniques
originally developed in Russia. Only a handful of surgeons in the
world use the procedure routinely (see also Dr. Austin Fragomen).

According to Dr. Fragomen, “The basic way it works is the bone is
cracked surgically and then the leg is put into an external fixation
device and the bone is separated one millimeter a day until the
desired length is achieved.

For more information visit http://www.hss.edu/physicians_fragomen-austin.asp or contact Dr. Austin Fragomen at 212-606-1550.