Dr Dimitrios Giotikas at the Annual Conference of British Limb Reconstruction Society, 15-16 March 2018, Southampton, UK
We are delighted to announce that Dr Dimitrios Giotikas has been invited to present the results of his research study: “The Human Body Proportions in the Preoperative planning of Cosmetic Limb Lengthening” at the Annual Meeting of British Limb Reconstruction Society (BLRS) on 15-16 March 2018 at Southampton, United Kingdom.
Title: The Human Body Proportions in the Preoperative planning of Cosmetic Limb Lengthening
Author (& presenting): Mr Dimitrios Giotikas, MD, PhD
Consultant Surgeon in Trauma & Orthopaedics
John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Distraction histogenesis is utilised for cosmetic reasons in patients with constitutional short stature, achondroplasias, or height dysphoria. One of the considerations of patients and surgeons alike, is the preservation of aesthetically acceptable body proportions after the lengthening i.e which segment of the lower limb to lengthen and by how much, in order to preserve the patient’s proportions within -or as close as possible to- the normal range of human body proportions. Sound anthropometric data on the normal range of the human body proportions is currently lacking. The aim of this study is to calculate the normal range of the ratio between the lengths of the lower limb, upper limb, femur, tibia, stature and trunk.
Data form standardized measurements of the lengths of the tibia, femur, arm, stature, lower limb, upper limb was obtained from a sample population of 6068 healthy men and women servicing in the US Army. The mean, median, range and standard deviation were calculated for the following ratios of lengths: whole lower limb/leg, Stature/leg, Whole lower limb/thigh, Stature/thigh, Siting height/whole lower limb, Stature/Whole lower limb, Arm Span/Stature, Whole upper limb/Whole lower limb.
The ratios show normal distribution. Results are presented separately for men and women for the total sample population and for subgroups based on ethnic origin (White, Black, Hispanic and Asian).
This study is one of the first to provide specific anthropometric data from a large sample population relevant to the evidence-based preoperative planning and patient counselling before cosmetic limb lengthening procedures.
Southampton is proud to host the 2018 BLRS conference. The academic programme includes sessions on Biologics in Limb Reconstruction, Current Concepts, Gait Analysis, 3D Custom Printed Jigs, deformity planning as well as techniques to reduce or eliminate frame time.
We are excited to welcome Robert Rozbruch from HSS amongst other international and national speakers.
The AHP programme will include theatre/ nurse and physiotherapy professionals. As a first there will be a dedicated session run by scrub staff on pre-building ring blocks/ frames significantly shortening operative time.
The conference dinner will be a special event showcasing the taste of the Punjab. A Street food reception will precede the main sit down event with courses highlighting food from Amritsar to Lahore. It promises to be a fantastic evening with guest speakers and entertainment. Partners are very welcome.
The meeting will be at The Hilton Ageas Bowl, a newly built facility with views of the cricket pitch from the bar/ restaurant and selected rooms and a fantastic Spa facility. Discounted packages for the Spa for attending partners have been arranged
We look forward to seeing you in Southampton.
Dr Dimitrios Giotikas said:
“I am looking forward to sharing this newly acquired knowledge with my esteemed colleague surgeons from all over the world.
Preservation of body proportions after cosmetic limb lengthening has always been a huge concern for cosmetic height lengthening candidates.
We now have robust data- based on the largest sample population- to accurately plan our surgery and to answer to our patients’ fundamental question; which part of their limb to lengthen and by how much in order to remain within the range of the natural human body proportions…How exciting is that!”