What is a Bone Defect?

A bone defect is an area of missing bone where bone should be present in the body. Bone defects can cause either a non-union or an “artificial joint” to occur (pseudarthrosis), where the two parts of the bone are joined with a fibrous tissue. In most cases this presents functional limitations for our patients. These areas lack sufficient blood flow and are usually covered with scarred or fibrotic skin. When bone defects will not heal naturally with in a patient life time, surgical interventions may be necessary to gain proper function and stability of the limb.


Bone defects are often acquired and can occur in patients due to trauma, infections requiring debridement of bone, infections of non-unions, or surgical resection of tumors. Bone defects may be due to congenital birth defects, congenital disorders, or congenital malformations. These congenital anomalies can develop prenatally and may be identified before or at birth, or later in life.


  • Limb deformity
  • Instability
  • Functional limitations


Understanding the underlying causes and properly diagnosing your condition is the first step to treatment. We then provide a holistic approach to helping patients and their families through their surgical journey. Properly supporting you and/or your child, while educating you on the details helps us ensure the most successful outcomes possible. Our hands on, team approach makes patients feel supported throughout the whole treatment process.

To learn more about your condition and receive a diagnosis, schedule a virtual consultation with one of our experienced orthopedic doctors. During this consultation, all your questions will be answered as our specialists guide you through the evaluation process.



Bone transport and other techniques


Gradual Lengthening with Internal Fixation


Gradual Limb Lengthening with External Fixation

Case studies

18 year old with open fracture with bone loss


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Highly specialized expert care at CLLC

At the Canadian Limb Lengthening Centre we offer complex deformity correction and limb lengthening surgeries performed by experienced surgeons with the most up to date technologies. When it comes to your care, and treatment of deformity and limb length discrepancy, our surgeons have extensive training and experience.