20 January 2020
Hadassah extends child’s leg
Arutz Sheva (19 January 2020)
For his entire life, Bahgat had to wear a shoe with an elevated heel for balance. Not anymore.
Bahgat Sanaa, 10, from the Bedouin city Rahat, near Beersheba, was born with a rare condition which caused misshapen hands and feet. One leg was also shorter than the other.
Using Bahgat’s own bone from a part of the ankle with excess, Vladimir Goldman, who heads Hadassah’s Service for Pediatric and Adult Limb-Lengthening and Deformity Correction, first fixed the ankle and then began the complex process of limb extension, which is more difficult in a child with a malformation. An innovative device was connected to extend the short leg. Conventional limb extension uses an external brace which the patient has to adjust manually four times daily for many weeks. It’s easy to forget a four-times a day routine, or to misalign it. For Bahgat, Dr. Goldman chose an Israel-developed smart external fixation system called OrthoSpin which Hadassah was among the first medical centers to use.
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