Anisomelia in the arms is when one limb is longer than the other. Though it is not often talked about, the condition is common and noticeable in children and adults. Risk factors for unsymmetrical arm length include genetic abnormalities, physical development issues, and traumatic injuries.
Living with anisomelia in the arms is not easy. Performing tasks with uneven arms is a major source of stress and frustration for many. It is not uncommon for people with uneven limbs to develop body dysphoria. Dr. Shahab Mahboubian, D.O., MPH wants to boost awareness about the benefits of arm lengthening surgery to help patients overcome the shame and limitations they may experience.
The Challenges of Living With Anisomelia in the Arms
Anisomelia is not a life-threatening condition. However, many people with this type of deformity find it difficult to live happy and productive lives. Individuals with arm length discrepancies experience social anxiety, poor confidence, and a lesser quality of life. Children with different arm lengths miss developmental and motor skill milestones. They are more susceptible to bullying and mistreatment from their peers. Severe cases where there is a large difference in arm length can cause disability.
Reasons to Choose Arm Lengthening Surgery
Arm lengthening surgery can restore proper limb symmetry. Surgery is completed in stages so to promote proper healing and limb length. The limb lengthening process takes several months to complete. The result is a more even and symmetrical length and appearance between the arms. Many of Dr. Mahboubian’s limb lengthening patients find it easier to enjoy their lives without the limitations and stigmas associated with uneven arms. Arm lengthening surgery benefits include:
- Better limb function
- Positive body image
- Less stress and anxiety in social situations
- Increase in personal and professional opportunities
- Better dexterity
- Increased productivity
Though limb lengthening surgery is a great solution for anisomelia patients, it is not ideal for all. To determine candidacy, an in-depth medical history evaluation and physical assessment of the arms are necessary. The complete treatment process may seem daunting. But when compared with the negative impact of living with mismatched arms, many people find the personal investment of time to be a fair trade-off. The desired results are permanent and evident at each step of the process.
Let’s Talk Arms!
to learn if arm lengthening surgery is right for you or to learn alternative treatment options for limb length deformities, call (818) 322-0126 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mahboubian, D.O., MPH.