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Structural integrity
We are told to maintain bone strength but few of us know
exactly why we have to. See inside to find out more about the
importance of strong bones.
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Growing pains
NATURAL height is widely accepted
to be unchangeable. Look a little
deeper, however, and one may
unearth the world of stature
adjustment that has been growing
and developing for more than half
a century.
Surgeons who perform stature
or limb-length adjustment
To kick-start
procedures are scattered sparsely regrowth, a
lengthening device is
throughout the world, many with
centres that offer long-term
residential aftercare quarters for
patients to stay in during their
implanted into a long
recovery term. bone and the bone
gently cracked in half,
While the cosmetic aspect of
the surgery has gained popularity
in the past decade, the usefulness
of bone lengthening and before being reset
reformation has not waned in the
field of reconstructive limb
a distance apart to
treatment. begin the lengthening
People suffering from length
discrepancy between limbs due to process.
congenital birth defects, scoliosis or
atrophied muscles can also benefit
from stature adjustment surgery.
A person’s final stature and limb
length are naturally unalterable between the two halves and the The period between initial muscular atrophy from pull both halves apart.
after a certain period due to the whole bone eventually consolidates contact with surgeon and poliomyelitis, it was eventually To preserve integrity in a
fusing of their growth plates. into a homologous structure. consultation itself could take discovered that the healing patient’s overall skeletal structure,
These growth plates are located This basic principle is also used months to complete, depending potential of broken bone across a only long bones are suitable to be
at either end of each of their bones in stature adjustment to treat heavily on whether the surgeon tiny distance of separation could be lengthened.
and continue regenerating and complications resulting from deems an applicant suitable. used for limb lengthening and, Bones most commonly operated
lengthening bone until late leg length discrepancy where the consequently, stature lengthening. on for cosmetic procedures are
teenagehood or early adulthood,
when these growth plates ossify to
patient’s spine and joints are
subject to abnormal pressure from
Mechanics of limb Today, the Ilizarov apparatus is
used for both medical and cosmetic
the femur and tibia in the leg as
well as the humerus in the arm,
halt bone growth. uneven gait. lengthening limb-lengthening procedures. but medical procedures are
However, some arm-lengthening For cosmetic procedures, Different surgeons offer different performed on a wider range of
surgeries have been performed on interested patients are often Limb lengthening originated methods of limb lengthening. The bones depending on the affected
children with bone deformities required to answer a screening with a bone treatment device by ever-popular Ilizarov apparatus is area.
whose growth plates were still questionnaire before they are Russian orthopaedic surgeon one and others are newer, fully Patients seeking limb-
active. granted a consultation with the Gavriil Ilizarov. internal implanted lengthening lengthening surgery are advised to
To kick-start regrowth, a surgeon. The device, called the Ilizarov devices that come in the form of conduct extensive research and
lengthening device is implanted The screening helps surgeons apparatus, was monumental in the intramedullary nails such as gain expert medical opinion to
into a long bone and the bone ensure potential patients are treatment and healing process of Precice, Fitbone or Albizzia. make the most informed decision
gently cracked in half, before being serious about undergoing the broken bones and is still used The rods of these devices are they can before undergoing this
reset a distance apart to begin the procedure and are aware of risks today. inserted into the cavity of a long irreversible procedure.
lengthening process. associated with the procedure and Initially used to correct bone and the nails are anchored
New growth of bone forms its permanence. congenital limb abnormalities and to either end of the bone to slowly > TURN TO PAGE 4
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Give your Flex up and move freely
POORLY functioning joints can rob you of that is readily absorbed into the joints.
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cause emotional stress, which adds to your HA and joint cell receptors to stimulate the
pain. body into reproducing its own supply of HA
A joint is where two or more bones meet. in addition to the current supply, for an

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These are the health claims allowed on consider taking oral supplementation
food products by the Health Ministry: n For more information, call 03-7956 2220 to replenish the diminishing supply of
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Forewarned is forearmed
> FROM PAGE 2 of open wounds presents an increased risk
of diseases being passed on through blood or
Every body heals and reacts differently to bodily fluids.
changes. This holds true for any major l Age – Tissue regeneration ability in the

The missing link
invasive procedure. For this reason, patients body exhausts with age and can impair the
are subject to a list of requirements to lengthening process.
undergo stature or limb-length adjustment l Natural immunity – Weakened
procedures. immune systems are more susceptible to
These requirements are more stringent for infections and complications.
cosmetic surgeries than medical ones as the
latter sometimes involve patients with Patients are also at risk of several
urgent need for treatment. complications that could decelerate or halt
THE pace of bone regulation and metabolism Without vitamin K2, calcium that we The following are some typical the lengthening process.
differs among individuals and slows down consume floats freely in the bloodstream considerations for undergoing stature These risks rarely occur due to stringent
with age. Osteoporosis occurs when the and deposits in the arteries. adjustment or limb-lengthening procedures. monitoring by surgeons and aftercare
creation of new bones cannot keep up with This makes the arteries progressively stiff l Weight – Limb-lengthening devices centres, but patients are advised to
the breaking down of old bones. and narrow (calcification), impeding healthy have a weight-bearing limit that could cause inform themselves of issues they may
Osteoporosis affects men and women of blood flow to and from the heart. Over time, breakage and malfunction when exceeded. encounter.
all races and is more commonly seen in poor blood flow leads to a burdened heart l Chronic infectious illnesses – The
postmenopausal women. The disease leads and the increased risk of heart diseases. requirement for constant treatment > SEE NEXT PAGE
to an increased risk of broken bones with Calcium, vitamin D and vitamin K2 have a
various risk factors such as age, gender,
family history and dietary factors coming
synergistic effect, which cannot be achieved
when one is missing.
into play. Dietary calcium is linked to many
For the longest time, calcium was thought benefits, especially bone health. Vitamin D3, Infection – Infections at sites where the lengthening device comes
to be the answer to bone health concerns. a natural form of vitamin D, helps your body into contact with human tissue are treatable with regular cleaning and
However, a study published by The BMJ absorb calcium but vitamin K2 completes antibiotics.
found that women supplemented with the puzzle by directing that calcium to your Minor
calcium to prevent osteoporosis are at higher skeleton.
risk of suffering from atherosclerosis, heart Without vitamin K2, the calcium that Scars – The lengthening procedure is not overly invasive but does
attack and stroke. vitamin D3 so effectively lets in might work require making several incisions in the flesh, causing scarring after
How can something good be bad for us in against you, building up in your coronary healing that can be treated with cosmetic surgery or topical lotions
another way? What could be the missing link arteries rather than your bones. and creams.
in calcium supplementation? Thus, calcium taken together with vitamin
Vitamin K is a group of fat-soluble D3 and K2 may help circumvent the risks of
vitamins. Vitamin K1 is a blood-clotting heart diseases. Premature consolidation – The bone heals before target length is
factor easily found in green leafy vegetables Patients receiving oral anticoagulant achieved due to too slow of a lengthening rate.
while vitamin K2 plays the crucial role of treatment should consult their medical
calcium regulation. Much like biological glue, doctor before taking vitamin K2 Non-union – Both halves of the broken bone heal separately without
vitamin K2 helps plug calcium into our bone supplements. Major having joined in the middle due to a lengthening rate that is too fast.
Studies have shown that vitamin K2 helps This article is brought to you by Medispec
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same time, it prevents heart diseases by surrounding a lengthened bone is stretched along with the bone, it
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Make no
bones about it
Protein for strength
PROTEIN is built from building that the body absorbs more calcium
blocks called amino acids. Good when the diet includes adequate
> FROM PREVIOUS PAGE protein contains all 20 amino acids, protein.
including the nine essential amino Biogrow HPF-5 is a blend of plant
For patients, the most important part of undergoing acids that our body cannot produce protein and digestive fibre,
limb-lengthening and stature adjustment procedures is to know and must obtain from dietary enhanced with nutrients for bone
exactly what they are signing up for, as listed in the infographic below. sources. health such as calcium, magnesium
Besides professional consultations and advice, interested patients can High consumption of animal and vitamin D3. It is suitable for all
seek more anecdotal information from people who have undergone protein could result in many ages.
the process through support groups, both online and offline. adverse health effects such as Replacing one or two servings of
osteoporosis and long-term risk of meat protein with plant protein can
1 developing diabetes.
According to a study published
make a big health difference.
Unlike dairy products, the high
Physical preparation
in The American Journal of Clinical protein-fibre powder contains no
2 Nutrition in 2006, poultry, fish and Biogrow HPF-5’s high protein-fibre lactose and cholesterol, is low in
Potential patients should: shellfish as the main sources of powder provides your body with a saturated fats, and has lower risk
First contact with surgeon l Begin preparation up to dietary protein led to an increased good supply of plant protein, of being contaminated with
l Interested patients submit a year before they intend to risk of gout, while plant-based digestive fibre, calcium, magnesium antibiotics and growth hormones.
an enquiry to a limb- undergo limb lengthening proteins reduced the risk. and vitamin D3. Take one scoop of Biogrow
lengthening surgeon. l Maintain the body in an Animal protein contains a higher HPF-5 daily to obtain a high
active regenerative state to amount of acid-based amino A consistent supply of plant amount of plant protein, calcium,
ease bone growth process acids that can cause greater loss of protein along with sufficient magnesium and vitamin D3 for the
l Include weight- calcium through urine and a calcium and vitamin D in one’s diet development of strong muscles,
3 Screening phase
bearing and flexibility bone-weakening effect. is important for the maintenance of bones and teeth.
exercises to improve Plant proteins such as soy and bone and muscle mass.
(at surgeon’s regeneration rate of
discretion) peas, on the other hand, can Studies have shown that people This article is brought to you by
soft tissue around the provide all the essential amino who meet their daily protein Legosan (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.
l Patients are asked to bone acids packaged with plenty of requirements maintained
write essays on questions fibre and other phytonutrients their bone health compared to n For more information,
the surgeon has prepared,
which include matters such
4 when consumed in the right
those who eat less than the
recommended levels, as it is proven
call 03-7956 2220 or e-mail
as mental well-being, Consultation
physical health and reasons
they want to undergo limb l The surgeon listens to
lengthening. the patient’s needs and
l Only shortlisted sets a realistic target and
applicants are contacted by timeline for the
the surgeon for their first procedure.
consultations. l At this stage, if the
patient decides to go
through with the process,
5 the surgeon sets an
First surgery appointment for the
surgery from a few
l The surgeon implants the months up to a year into
limb-lengthening device. the future to allow the
patient time to prepare.

Lengthening phase (50 to 75 days)

l Bones are moved apart 0.667mm to 1mm daily with a series of
clicks to the lengthening device.
l Supplements with calcium and vitamin D are popular, but
patients are also encouraged to consume silica supplements to
improve calcium absorption in the body.

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Consolidation phase
(20 to 60 days) In case of complication

l No weight-bearing l Surgeons either slow
activity or walking to down or terminate the
encourage hardening lengthening process
of the newly formed altogether.
bone. l Additional surgery
l Some lengthening might be needed for
devices allow for more severe cases.
light movement on
crutches during this
l The patient’s final
height is measured. Physiotherapy

l Patients are to perform
stretching and exercises with
10 lower impact than what they
Full recovery did before starting the
process, but slightly more
l Patients return to life as strenuous ones than what
normal. they did during the
l Some internal lengthening lengthening phase.
devices require patients to
return after one or two years
to have the structural rods

There are certainly limits to how much bones can be lengthened,
but these limits differ from case to case depending on how well a
patient may be recovering or how well the body responds to the
stress of lengthening.
Although limb-lengthening and stature adjustment procedures
may seem like an extreme measure, they are monumental in
improving the quality of life for some individuals, whether they
undergo the procedure for cosmetic or medical reasons.
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Relieving pain in your hand
DOES your hand feel numb? Does nerve,” says Dr Lim.
the numbness only involve the
hand area (palm and fingers) and
Dr Gopinath adds, “After surgery,
patients may experience brief
Carpal tunnel
not the arm? If so, you are discomfort that lasts from 24 to 72 syndrome is caused
probably experiencing carpal
tunnel syndrome.
hours. Recovery time varies
depending on the patient’s age, by pressure on the
Carpal tunnel syndrome is
caused by pressure on the median
general health, severity of carpal
tunnel syndrome and the length
median nerve at
nerve at the wrist. Believed to be of time symptoms have been the wrist. Believed
caused by too much pressure or
work using the hands, the
“Many patients who undergo to be caused by
syndrome is commonly
experienced by musicians,
carpal tunnel release surgery
achieve nearly complete relief of
too much pressure
carpenters, construction workers all symptoms.” or work using the
hands, the syndrome
and people who use computers for It is important to effectively treat
many hours throughout the day. carpal tunnel syndrome as
In its early stages, symptoms
may include tingling or numbness Dr Gopinath Mathavan. Dr Lim Li Aik.
promptly as possible. The longer
the median nerve remains
is commonly
in your thumb, index finger, compressed, the more damaged it experienced
by musicians,
middle finger and outer border of syndrome include pins and needles Melaka Straits Medical Centre. can become.
your ring finger. – a numbing, burning or tingling “Other health conditions, such as If the nerve is compressed for
sensation – in your thumb, index pregnancy, obesity, kidney failure too long, it may not recover even
construction workers
What causes numbness? and middle fingers. and thyroid diseases, can also give after the pressure is relieved.
In addition, you may feel pain rise to excess body fluids, thus Eventually, that could lead to and people who
use computers
“Carpal tunnel syndrome that moves up your arm to your contributing to hand swelling.” permanent weakness and lack of
happens when the space in the elbow or experience pain that coordination in your fingers and
carpal tunnel becomes smaller or
the tendons in the tunnel thicken,
worsens at night, interrupting
Treatment thumb.
for many hours
placing pressure on the median
nerve. Anatomically, the carpal
“You may also experience hand
weakness and difficulty gripping
Surgery is recommended when
a patient does not respond to
n For more information, call
Oriental Melaka Straits Medical
tunnel is a narrow passageway at objects with your hands or non-surgical treatments or the Centre at 06-315 8911. the day.
the palm side of your hand (near dropping objects easily,” adds Dr syndrome has become severe.
the wrist),” explains Dr Lim Li Aik, Lim. Surgery for carpal tunnel
consultant orthopaedic and trauma Other conditions or risk factors syndrome is an outpatient
surgeon of Oriental Melaka Straits such as diabetes and heavy alcohol procedure, which means it does
Medical Centre. drinking are also associated with not require an overnight stay in
“Through this opening passes the carpal tunnel syndrome. the medical centre.
median nerve and several tendons “Inflammation caused by “During surgery, the surgeon will
used to bend the fingers. In carpal rheumatoid arthritis and infections make a single cut in the front of
tunnel syndrome, there could be can also affect the wrist tendons your wrist at the base of your
some swelling and narrowing of passing through the carpal tunnel palm. The surgeon will then open
this opening, thus compressing the passageway,” explains Dr Gopinath the carpal tunnel and release the
median nerve.” Mathavan, consultant orthopaedic transverse carpal ligament to
Symptoms of carpal tunnel and trauma surgeon of Oriental relieve the pressure on your

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Keeping people physically active
A HEALTHY, active lifestyle is the of biomolecules including proteins, from your diet throughout the day.
goal of many modern consumers. water and small molecules that help Vitamin C is required as a cofactor
Essential to achieving this are strong reduce friction and keep joints in a number of biochemical
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Osteoporosis is a bone disease
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