Carolinas HealthCare System

Orthopedic Surgeons Establish Region’s First Limb Lengthening Service

Joseph R. Hsu, MD
Associate Professor of Orthopedic Trauma

Carolinas HealthCare System recently opened the region’s first comprehensive Limb Lengthening and Deformity Service at Carolinas Medical Center to provide advanced surgical treatments for the correction of upper and lower-limb deformities in adults and children. The complex service is only offered at a few other hospitals in the nation, and was established under the leadership of Joseph R. Hsu, MD, associate professor of orthopedic trauma and Brian Brighton, MD, assistant professor of pediatric orthopedic surgery.

“Before our limb-lengthening service was offered in Charlotte, area patients had to travel to centers in Baltimore, New York, or Florida to receive this specialized type of treatment,” said Dr. Hsu. “Dr. Brighton and I look forward to expanding this service so that we can improve the outlook and eventual recovery for patients in this region.”

Brian Brighton, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Hsu and Dr. Brighton treat patients with a variety of orthopedic issues due to trauma, infection and, congenital or acquired limb differences using a combination of external and internal fixation techniques. Dr. Hsu joined the System in 2013 after gaining extensive experience in limb lengthening during his time serving as an orthopedic surgeon in the military, where he helped reconstruct limbs of wounded warriors.

Recently, they completed Charlotte’s first remote-controlled internal limb-lengthening procedure using an adjustable metal rod implanted in the patient. The magnetic implant, which is run by an external remote control used for short periods of time throughout the day, gradually extends the rod and lengthens the bone.

Learn more about the Limb Lengthening and Deformity Service