Any medical intervention has some potential adverse events. It is the duty of the treating doctor to inform their patients about any risks related to their treatment in order to help them make informed decisions about their body and well being. In the context of limb lengthening we divide the adverse events into problems, obstacles and complications.
“Problems” are events that can be managed relatively easily and without the need of surgery.
“Obstacles” are temporary events that require further surgical intreventions to be managed, but are resolved before the completion of the treatment, without leaving long-term consequences.
“Complications” are events that remain after the completion of treatment and cause long -term or even permanent consequences.