Limb Lengthening :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Center for Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction

At the Center for Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction we treat children and adolescents from across the country with all types of limb length discrepancies and limb deformities including congenital, developmental or post-traumatic limb deformities. Our team develops individual treatment plans for each child with a range of available surgical and non-surgical options, many of which have only been introduced within the last five years.

Our comprehensive team treats all types of limb length discrepancies or deformities that cause curvature, shortening, or rotational issues to the bone. Some of the more common conditions include:

  • Congenital short femur
  • Cubitus varus
  • Fibular hemimelia
  • Blount disease/genu varum
  • Genu valgum/knock knees
  • Traumatic injuries/bone fractures
  • Foot deformity/Brachymetatarsia
  • Femoral anteversion/Miserable malalignment
  • Infection that causes damage to the growth plates
  • Madelung's deformity
  • Radial clubhand
  • Short stature
  • Hemihyperplasia
  • Tibial pseudarthrosis

Depending on the individual needs of each patient, we can offer both surgical and non-surgical treatment options. These options can include bracing, joint and limb reconstruction, plastic surgery, prosthetics or orthotics–or a combination of techniques designed to help the child gain maximum functionality and confidence.

Director of the Center for Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction

Christopher A. Lobst, MD

Christopher Iobst, MD, is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the fields of limb lengthening and reconstruction. He has presented his clinical and research work at national and international medical meetings and has been awarded the St. Giles Young Investigator Award by the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America. Dr. Iobst is an invited speaker at national conferences on external fixation and limb deformity and has written numerous articles and book chapters; he’s also an editor for the textbook Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Surgery Case Atlas. Learn more about Dr. Lobst.

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At Nationwide Children’s, every child diagnosed with a an orthopedic problem is handled with an individualized treatment plan.

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Jaysen suffered an infection when he was a baby that caused permanent damage to his lower extremities on the right side of his body. This resulted in his right leg being about 3 inches shorter than his left leg.
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