Pathological short stature

Patients with pathological short stature (caused by disease or dysplasia, such as achondroplasia) have the possibility of increasing their height by various surgical techniques.

These are controversial methods but, at the present time, they are the only way to obtain a significant increase in height. That is why it is essential to make a detailed assessment of the patient's situation and, together with the opinion of the parents if the patient is a minor, to make a decision that is often not easy.

In our center, the objectives we propose to the patient are 10-15 cm in femurs, 8-12 cm in tibias/peroneus and 8-10 cm in humeri.

In the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology of the Clinica we have a Clinic specialized in Bone Lengthening and correction of Complex Deformities with professionals with great experience in the therapeutic approach of this type of problem.

What are the symptoms of dysmetry?

Pathological short stature refers to a condition in which the patient is significantly shorter than average for his or her age and sex, and this condition is associated with an underlying disease or disorder. It can result from a variety of factors, including genetic disorders, such as achondroplasia.

Constitutional short stature, on the other hand, is a normal variant of growth. It is the most common cause of short stature and is characterized by healthy growth and development without any underlying disease affecting growth. Children with constitutional short stature usually have a slower growth phase compared to their peers, but eventually reach normal or near-normal adult height for their family, following a delayed growth pattern.

Does your child have a short stature problem?

How is dysmetry treated?

The current trend to improve a short stature problem caused by disease or dysplasia are the Expandable Endomedullary Nails in lower extremities and conventional systems with external fixation in the humerus.

The expandable endomedullary nails have inside them a magnetic or electrical mechanism which, activated by external remote control, makes them expand progressively, achieving a gradual increase in the length of the bone. All the necessary surgery is performed with minimally invasive techniques and, as there is no contact with the exterior, they are much better tolerated, avoid infections and improve joint recovery, avoiding deformities.

These methods of lengthening have such important advantages that it seems that the controversy about whether or not to undergo these treatments is becoming less and less.

Where do we treat it?


The Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology
of the Clínica Universidad de Navarra

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology covers the full spectrum of congenital or acquired conditions of the musculoskeletal system including trauma and its aftermath.

Since 1986, the Clinica Universidad de Navarra has had an excellent bank of osteotendinous tissue for bone grafting and offers the best therapeutic alternatives.

Organized in care units

Imagen de la fachada de consultas de la sede en Pamplona de la Clínica Universidad de Navarra

Why at the Clinica?

  • Experts in arthroscopic surgery.
  • Highly qualified professionals who perform pioneering techniques to solve traumatological injuries.
  • One of the centers with the most experience in bone tumors.

Our team of professionals

Specialists in Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology with experience in treating pathological short stature