It is that time of year again. The jet stream is dipping down into the central U.S., bringing with it front after front of cold weather. It happens every year, and I dread it every year.
No offense, Lene Andersen, but Canadian air is sooooo cold! Of course, when we are sweltering in humid Gulf Coast air, the Canadian air just doesn’t visit. That would be July in Missouri. That is when we call our state Misery.
I have an aversion to socks and shoes. If I could, I would go everywhere barefoot.
Unfortunately, I might end up hurting my feet, and walking in snow with bare feet is not exactly a smart thing to do. In addition to that, I know I would get some stares, and possibly an ambulance ride to the mental hospital in Fulton.
All kidding aside, I find these cold fronts that sweep down into my world this time of year very painful. When the barometric pressure drops, the RA Troll is merciless. I h...
Leg lengthening and shortening are types of surgery to treat some children who have legs of unequal lengths.
These procedures may:
Lengthen an abnormally short leg
Shorten an abnormally long leg
Limit growth of a normal leg to allow a short leg to grow to a matching length
Epiphysiodesis; Epiphyseal arrest; Correction of unequal bone length; Bone lengthening; Bone shortening; Femoral lengthening; Femoral shortening
This series of treatments involves several surgical procedures, a long recovery period, and a number of risks -- but it can add up to 6 inches of length to a leg.
While the child is under general anesthesia:
The bone to be lengthened is cut.
Metal pins or screws are inserted through the skin and into the bone. Pins are placed above and below the cut in the bone, and the surgical cut in the skin is stitched closed.
A metal device (usually some ...
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