Lower limb lengthening by a modified wagner technique

J. M H Paterson*, C. S. Waller, A. Catterall

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A series of 50 patients who underwent femoral and tibial lengthenings using the Wagner apparatus is reviewed. Satisfactory gains in leg length with an acceptably low complication rate were achieved. Both substitution of cortical osteotomy for complete osteotomy and delaying of distraction increased callus formation. The particular problems of lengthening the congenital short femur and tibia are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-133
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Part B
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • Congenital short femur
  • Congenital short tibia
  • Corticotomy
  • Diaphyseal lengthening
  • Leg lengthening


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