distraction osteogenesis

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distraction osteogenesis

a technique of inducing new bone formation by dividing a bone and applying tension through an external fixation device to lengthen the bone.
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dis·trac·tion os·te·o·gen·e·sis

(dis-trak'shŭn os'tē-ō-jen'ĕ-sis)
A technique of inducing new bone formation by dividing a bone and applying tension through an external fixation device to lengthen the bone.
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distraction osteogenesis

Abbreviation: DO
A method of lengthening bones by making a series of controlled fractures which are then spread to desired locations and held in place with hinges, rods, and/or wires. The technique is used primarily in orthopedic or maxillofacial surgery to repair deficits in long bones or facial bones.
See also: osteogenesis
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And in New Zealand, Hamish born with dwarfism meets a young man who underwent surgery to have his legs lengthened and reckons it was well worth the pain.
His legs lengthened along mine, chest on my back, palms molded over my knuckles to help me pull.
'I'd have a bum lift, my thighs sculpted, tummy tuck, knees fixed, legs lengthened, face tightened.
'It's like comparing a chain store suit that has to have the legs lengthened or the sleeves shortened and a Savile Row suit that's made to fit in every detail,' he said.