LETHBRIDGE - Those with severe skeletal problems have a new option for treatment at the
Chinook Regional Hospital.
A new leading edge procedure is designed to help people with bowed legs and
limbs of different lengths.
Patients can undergo orthopedic surgery to cut through the bone that needs
fixing and then a circular metal frame, called the Taylor Spacial Frame, is
place around the limb. The device has six telescopic struts that are used to
adjust rods which are screwed into the bone. With daily adjustments, bones can
be lengthened or straightened.
The frame is surgically removed once the
correction is complete and the bone is healed, which can take weeks or
24-year-old Nahid Zafari is the first person to have the procedure done at
the Chinook Regional Hospital. She says it "has absolutely changed my life."
Three other patients are using, or scheduled to use, the frame in
Elsewhere in Alberta, the procedure is offered in Calgary and Edmonton.