What is epiphysiodesis?

Also known as: growth arrest, leg length discrepancy treatment.

When children have a discrepancy in the length of their legs, the problems often persist or worsen over time as the child grows. One method for treating a severe leg length discrepancy is known as epiphysiodesis. This surgical procedure involves halting the growth of the longer leg in order to allow the shorter leg to “catch up” over time.

Reviewed by: Scott J Schoenleber, MD

This page was last updated on: 1/29/2019 3:21:13 PM

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