Pioneering surgery in Sheffield

A 17-year-old girl from Grimsby has become the youngest person in the UK to have a pioneering treatment which should add 6cms to one of her legs using magnets hidden in the bone.

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Surgeon: 'Hopefully we can treat more children in this way'

Mr James Fernandes, an orthopaedic surgeon at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, carried out the operation on Sophie.

It’s been fantastic to be able to perform this operation on the youngest person so far. This new technology we’re using is very advanced. We are starting to be able to use this on patients who are younger and younger. The nails have now been modified to the growing child.

Our centre is known internationally for its orthopaedic work. We advise and treat hundreds of children every year with limb abnormalities and are a major centre for training the next generation of paediatric orthopaedic surgeons. Hopefully now we can treat more children in this way reducing the pain and recovery time.”

– Mr James Fernandes

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