Removal of the lengthening nail from the right thigh bone
7. REMOVAL OF THE INTRAMEDULLARY NAIL
(Chapter in film starting at 10:22) - The date of the removal should be chosen at a time when risky sporting activities can be avoided for 2-3 months (football, paragliding, downhill-running, etc.). The bone loses a part of its stability for a short period of time when the nail is removed. The subsequent so-called "remodeling" leads to the bone having a perfect elasticity and stability, just as it did before the lengthening. At the BETZ INSTITUTE®, the nail removal is performed about 1-2 years after the lengthening. Patients are usually released from the hospital the day after the operation.