Bow Leg Correction in Tunisia

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About the Bow Leg Correction

Bow leggedness, also known as Genu varum is referred to the medial angulation of the tibia and the femur. Recognized with varied terms such as bandiness, tibia vara, and bandy leg, the bow-legged condition is characterized by outwardly bending of the knee and inner inclination of the tibia from the thigh's axis, thereby giving a bow-like appearance to the affected. Blount's disease or bow-legged condition is more common among females than it is in other genders. Besides, most athletes are also seen to be bow legged.

The condition is mostly recognized among children and adolescents and may result from malnutrition, or various diseases such as rickets, that hinder ossification of the bones. Apart from that, physical trauma, as well as other occupational causes may result in the emergence and persistence of the condition. However, irrespective of the cause, bow leg correction is possible with proper treatment and management.

How is Bow Leg Correction performed?

The procedure for bow leg correction can be distinguished as minimally invasive and complete surgical.

  • Hemiepiphysiodesis Temporary Arrest: The procedure involves clipping one side of the growth plate by using two-point screws fixating a small plate. This restricts the abnormal growth towards any other direction and helps in proper growth and development of the child.
  • Gradual Correction (by the use of external fixators): The procedure involves cutting a part of the affected bone in place of which, an external bone is placed with the help of wires and screw pins. The procedure does not affect the daily activities of the child however, close monitoring is required.
  • Acute Osteotomy: This is a surgical procedure in which, a part of the bone is replaced with plates and fixed with screws, and the cast implanted is kept for a period of 6 months. During this period, the individual is not allowed locomotion.

Recovery from Bow Leg Correction

Recovery post bow leg correction depends on the type of treatment performed on the candidate. Where the non-invasive procedures allow people to walk a day or two after the surgery, the operative treatments take approximately eight to sixteen weeks to completely recover. However, complete recovery after surgical bow leg correction treatment may take up to six months. In most cases, the condition is given time to gradually adjust and straighten as need be.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the health care infrastructure of Tunisia / Why should opt for Tunisia as a destination for your medical treatment?
Hospitals in Tunisia are developing and trying to meet the international standards of healthcare. Although there is a basic set up in most of the hospitals for treatment in Tunisia, one can still expect scope for improvement. The Ministry of Health, along with the Government of Tunisia is making effective changes for the healthcare sector. The private hospitals in Tunisia are also undergoing a robust change to provide effective healthcare and treatment in Tunisia.

Like most other countries, hospitals in Tunisia have a private and public healthcare system. Hospitals in Tunisia include three levels of care: primary, with a network of 81 clinics and 2091 basic health centers; secondary, with 109 district hospitals; and tertiary, with 33 regional hospitals and 24 modern CHUs, according to MoS figures.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in Tunisia? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals?
The Joint Commission International (JCI) is a global leader in health care accreditation. JCI accreditation is considered a gold standard in worldwide health care. It provides the most skilled and experienced healthcare professionals in the medical industry, as evaluators of the rigorous international standards in healthcare quality and patient safety.
In Tunisia, there are no JCI accredited hospitals but 4 private hospitals are certified ISO and OHSAS (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series).
Are the doctors/surgeons in Tunisia of the best quality?
The hospitals in Tunisia have seen a constant change in terms of development and technology. Most doctors that are trained in the country understand the needs and requirements of people and are able to diagnose and treat them well. There are various surgeons that fly in from other countries as well to treat patients. This was brought about due to the economic reforms and various expats residing there. The varying levels of health organizations provide reasonable means of treatment for any patient. There are also trained paramedical and emergency service staff in this country.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in Tunisia?
Patients who wish to visit Tunisia for medical purposes must contact the Embassy of Tunisia in their home country. One is required to have a valid passport. Those applicants must submit their visa application forms in person together with the following documents:
  1. A duly completed application form with one picture (within a white background).
  2. Original biometric passport and one copy. Passports should have a validity of at least one year from the date of your visa application submission.
  3. Medical certificate stating the type of illness and the treatment to be carried out. This document has to be in English or Spanish language.
  4. Letter from the hospital in Tunisia stating the appointment date and whether the treatment expenses have been already paid in full.
  5. Proof of financial means which enable the applicant to meet life needs while in Tunisia (salary certificate if working, bank statement for the last six months, property deeds, commercial license, other sorts of income).
  6. Travel insurance.
  7. Proof of accommodation (hotel reservation, etc)
  8. Applicants are advised that ALL PASSPORTS HAVE TO REMAIN at the Embassy premises while the visa application is under process (between 10 and 15 days), and therefore cannot be retrieved unless very special and urgent circumstances might arise.
  9. The Embassy has the right to require from the applicant any document that it may deem relevant in order to resolve the visa file.
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Which are the best cities in Tunisia for medical treatment?
Tunis is the largest country and capital of Tunisia. This country is located in the northern region of Africa and is the best city for treatment in Tunisia.

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