Lower extremity lengthening by Wagner's method and by callus distraction

M. T. Dahl, D. A. Fischer

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Fifty-three patients underwent 65 lengthenings of the femur or tibia by either the Wagner or callus distraction method. The mean length gained by the Wagner method was 5.1 cm in the femur and 5.4 cm in the tibia. Complication rates were fewer and less severe with callus distraction. The number of operations, days of hospitalization, and length of treatment were less in patients operated on with the callus distraction method than with the Wagner technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)643-649
Number of pages7
JournalOrthopedic Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991


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