|DR. PALEY'S MEDIA SECTION
Dror Paley, MD, FRCSC
|ORTHOPEDIC EDUCATIONAL SITE BY THE MOST
EXPERIENCED LIMB LENGTHENING SURGEON IN THE
Imagine the doctors saying amputation is your only option. That's the reality for some kids born
with leg deformities. But, one doctor is working to give these children more choices.
Reporter: Melissa Medalie
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Kelly Lockett doesn't miss a step when browsing for her next purchase even though this 13
year old has depended on one leg her entire life. Kelly was born with the bone behind her shin
missing. The condition deformed her foot and shortened her leg. Doctors told her mom that
amputation was the best option.
"We were told she would have psychological scars from all the surgeries and therefore we should
amputate," said Carolyn Lockett.
Doctor Dror Paley has been working for 23 years to correct limb deformities and injuries without
"Although it's more surgery, you end up with your own leg," said Dror Paley, M.D., F.R.C.S.C.,
Director, Paley Advanced Limb Lengthening Institute.
He broke her shin bone and implanted a metal fixator, which is worn for eight months and is
designed to lengthen the bone one millimeter a day.
"What's happening in the lengthening is every single day, you're pulling the bone apart. The
bone is a living substance. It makes new bone to fill in where you break it. You're pulling it apart
and it makes new bone to fill that gap," said Dr. Paley.
Patients have to consider risks like pain, nerve damage, bone infection and failure of bone
"During the lengthening it was painful. I've never thought I don't wanna do this," said Kelly
Kelly's leg is now 10 inches longer than it would have been without the
surgeries.Twenty-three-year-old Julie Nichols hopes for similar results. She's in for three
surgeries and almost a year of therapy .. but says her goal will keep her going.
"I want to run so bad. After these surgeries, my goal is to run a marathon," said Julie Nichols.
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