...is the title of the study that Athens BJR is conducting with the cooperation of U.S. Army Research & Engineering Center and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS foundation Trust, with aim to end all concerns about body proportions after cosmetic limb lengthening.
The study will calculate the normal range of ratios between the lengths of upper limbs, lower limbs, thighs, shins, span and stature in a sample population of more 5900 healthy men and women , in order to answer the following question:
“For a given person, which part of the limb (femur or tibia) should be lengthened and by how much, in order to keep the body proportions of the patient after the lengthening as close as possible to the normal range of human body proportions?”
The first outcomes will be available in two months. Data will be presented in international scientific fora and will be published in scientific journals.
"Primum non nocere; first do no harm" is the fundamental ethical pilon of the medical profession derived from the Hippocratic oath itself. At the 2nd combined ASAMI-BR and ILLRS meeting in Brisbane in 2016, the issue of ethics and regulation of cosmetic limb lengthening was debated and although no formal consensus was reached, there was broad agreement on the guidelines that need to be set for cosmetic limb lengthening.
Athens BJR endorses this effort and implicitly adheres to the following proposed guidelines for ethical cosmetic limb lengthening:
Reference: Patel M. Cosmetic limb lengthening surgery: The elephant in the Room. Harm minimization not prohibition. J Limb Lengthen Reconstr [serial online] 2017 [cited 2017 Nov 12];3:73-4. Available from: http://www.jlimblengthrecon.org/text.asp?2017/3/2/73/213565