Doctors at the University Hospital Brno were the first in the Czech Republic to perform an operation, thanks to which 18-year-old Matyáš’s leg was shortened by 40 centimeters in 40 days. He was helped by a special nail with a motor built into the leg, which is controlled by the patient himself.
On Wednesday, the method called Fitbone was introduced to journalists by Milan Krtička, head of the Department of Trauma Surgery at the Brno University Hospital, who performed the operation last year. The price of the nail is almost 300 thousand crowns, after an individual agreement, the procedure was paid for by the insurance company. The hospital has already used the method in three patients, another five are on the waiting list.
People can have a shorter limb after injuries, due to a genetic defect, oncological treatment or, for example, after undergoing bone inflammation. Matyáš Janda from Říčany stated that his injury happened to him at the age of 11 during football, when he collided with an opponent. His femur broke in the growth part, so even after the operation and bone fusion at that time, problems arose. As the boy grew, his left leg was four inches shorter.
According to Krtička, back pain, hip, scoliosis, osteoarthritis and other health problems can occur due to the shorter limb. “A limb two centimeters shorter can be compensated differently. The nail method can be used for a limb up to eight centimeters shorter,” Krtička noted. Matthias said that when he played football, he often could not even get out of bed the next day due to back pain.
Therefore, the family turned to Krtička, who performed surgery last November after completing the standard growth in the young man. “She was under general anesthesia, but mini-invasive and only three wounds are enough. One is for inserting the nail in the knee area, the other in the place where the chisel breaks the entire femur and inserts the sensor, the third is used to insert the securing screw,” Krtička described. . The sensor under the skin reads the data, but also transmits current to the nail motor via electromagnetic induction. The bone lengthens by a millimeter per day, so the growth in Matyáš ended in 40 days. First a hematoma formed, it turned into a ligament, then into cartilage and cartilage into bone.
According to Krtička, the screw should be pulled out after a year and the bone should function normally even without its support. Matyáš stated that he has been playing football for a month. “I was afraid that I wouldn’t play anymore. My back hurt after every activity. I was restricted in my movement, I had unnatural gait. There was a great risk that in 30 years I could have big problems with my spine and back,” Matyáš added.
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