Alder Hey Orthopaedics to become Alpha Launch site for new lengthening plate technology

Updated: Jan 6, 2020

Limb lengthening is a necessary part of treatment for a variety of congenital and acquired conditions. Traditionally this has been done using external fixators of various types, however the recent advances in intramedullary nail technology have allowed surgeons to lengthen limbs without the need for external fixation.

In young children, the presence of a growth plate usually precludes the use of an intramedullary device and therefore external fixation has remained the primary option for this patient group.

We are proud to be considered as a site for the initial use of the lengthening plate, a device that may revolutionise the way limb length discrepancy is treated in children. We look forward to this device being made available for use in 2020.

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