Galilee Medical Center's Dept. of Orthopedics ‘B’ team successfully lengthened the leg of a young man wounded in Syria's Civil War, by 6 cm following surgery and a complex rehabilitation process.
The Syrian patient was wounded in the hip from an explosion which occurred near his home in a village in southern Syria. He was treated locally and subsequently evacuated to a hospital in Syria where a plate was inserted into the injured area to fix the fracture of his femur (hip bone). Although the bone healed, his wounded leg was shortened by 6 cm when compared to his healthy leg, causing him to limp severely.
He was brought to Galilee Medical Center several months ago to examine the possibility of lengthening his leg. The surgery required a special magnetic lengthening nail - PRECISE NAIL – which today is the most advanced surgical answer worldwide, for the rehabilitation and treatment of such injuries.

Dr. Albert Gorsky, senior physician in Orthopedics ‘B’: “After we consulted with the patient, we decided to perform surgery using a new state-of-the-art method in limb lengthening. In a two hour surgery, the nail was inserted into normal bone which had been sawed along its width. After initial healing of the surgical area, the patient himself operates an external manual unit and provides magnetic field induction and lengthens the nail by one third of a millimeter for each rotation. The action is repeated three times a day, so that each day a lengthening of 1 mm is obtained and after about two months, the limb was lengthened by six centimeters."
Since this is a relatively new technology and surgery of this type had been performed only six times previously in Israel, our administration's assistance was needed in order to enable the coordination required vis-à-vis the various entities connected to the ongoing care of wounded Syrian patients, all done in accordance with the government of Israel's decision, since March  2013.

Dr. Nimrod Rachmimov, Director of Orthopedics ‘B’: “This method is revolutionary in that the lengthening process is done within the bone, after the surgical wound heals, as opposed to previous methods in which we were aided by a large external fixator, connected with nails through the skin to the bone to be lengthened, a method that caused much suffering and discomfort to patients, and also increased the risk for infection.
With the new method, nothing is seen on the outside of the leg and patients can wear regular clothes, shower and except for the time when the patient operates the magnetic field, live a normal life.
The quality of the bone was excellent in this case, and the patient was discharged home and happy with the results. We're proud of our care for severely wounded Syrian nationals over the last five plus years from a humanitarian perspective as well as from our acquisition and advancement of knowledge and professional experience resulting from our ongoing treatment of war injuries."

Photo of Dr. Albert Gorski, by Roni Albert.