Motorized, telescopic, intramedullary lengthening nails for limb length and deformity correction

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

5 Scopus citations


A new generation of remote controlled internal limb lengthening nails is now available. This article will review the history, techniques, and early outcomes of motorized limb lengthening nails. Recommendations are made for patient selection, preoperative planning, intraoperative techniques, postoperative care, and avoidance of complications. These devices allow an accurate and well controlled rate and rhythm of distraction for limb lengthening. Early clinical reports indicate improved outcomes and less patient pain compared with external fixator lengthenings. Proper preoperative planning is an essential part of the methodology. Acute intraoperative correction is often required with fixator-assisted nailing techniques, as later adjustment during or after lengthening is not possible without additional surgery. Antegrade and retrograde femoral and antegrade tibial techniques are discussed, including patient indications, preoperative planning, surgical steps, pearls, pitfalls, and complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-206
Number of pages18
JournalTechniques in Orthopaedics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 12 2015

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.


  • deformity correction
  • distraction osteogenesis
  • intramedullary rod
  • limb lengthening
  • motorized nail
  • telescopic nail


Dive into the research topics of 'Motorized, telescopic, intramedullary lengthening nails for limb length and deformity correction'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this