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.

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.

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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This dual emphasis--that only the individual can decide for him/herself, and that no one else can judge that decision--is repeated in Internet chat groups of people who are planning or considering limb-lengthening surgery. (32) Moreover, Mueller's statement is entirely consistent with the language of people who practice both conventional and extreme body modification.
The choice of limb-lengthening surgery is a form of normalization--fitting the body to the demands of society rather than calling on society to create accommodations for different bodies--and normalization has a bad name in an age of disability rights.
Limb-lengthening surgery is performed on teenagers who participate in the decision for surgery, as Mueller carefully specifies she did.