Bone lengthening implant

Bone lengthening implant

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Caption: Bone lengthening implant. Surgeon demonstrating a telescopic nail in a model of a human tibia (shin bone). This nail is implanted during distraction osteogenesis, a surgical procedure that enables progressive bone lengthening. Once implanted, the nail is extended by about 1 millimetre a day over several months, which induces new bone growth. This procedure is often used to treat individuals with bone deformities or shorter bones than normal. Photographed at Montmartre Surgery Centre, Paris, France.

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