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WITTENSTEIN intens GmbH: "Limb lengthening with FITBONE® got me up and walking again"Igersheim, )
Immediately after leaving hospital and starting his recovery, Ben decided that he did not want to live in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. To allow the two lower limb prostheses to be fixed later in identical knee positions, the shorter right femur had to be lengthened. Ben was introduced to a doctor at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore who was the American guru on limb lengthening using external fixators. He sent Ben’s X-rays to Dr. Mark Dahl, a member of the FITBONE® Center of Excellence (COE) network. COE members are specifically trained surgeons providing the highest possible competence, trust and safety when implanting FITBONE® intramedullary lengthening nails – proven in several thousand procedures worldwide. At least as important for Ben: “FITBONE® is the only nail that could be customized to a femur as short as mine”.
Once the distraction nail had been implanted, Ben was able to activate its growth on his own. Four times a day he used a small, lightweight remote Control Set to lengthen the nail in small steps and thus distract the bone at the recommended speed. Eleven months later the femur had grown again almost six inches.
Ben Harrow has no hesitation in recommending the FITBONE® treatment to anyone seeking to have a limb lengthened: “Without it, I would have never been able to restore my femur to the right size with such safe and pain-free treatment or get myself up and walking again”, he insists.
Find out more about WITTENSTEIN intens and FITBONE® on http://wittenstein-intens.com
YouTube videos on FITBONE®:
“The technology story” of Captain Ben Harrow: http://intens.wittenstein.de/en-en/company/fitbone-for-patients/
Limb lengthening – Specialists speak about the benefits of the FITBONE® method: http://intens.wittenstein.de/en-en/company/fitbone-for-surgeons/
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