Only a few days after she brought Renee home from the hospital, Erica Voss noticed a small dimple on her daughter’s leg. Born without a fibular bone, Renee Cloutier-Voss has spent much of her life in and out of surgeons’ offices.
Her three-inch leg length discrepancy meant Renee’s family was faced with the decision to amputate or begin the lengthy, involved process of limb lengthening surgery.
With the support of her family, Renee underwent surgery after surgery, until finally, they found the right treatment plan to help her reach her height, the PRECICE® system.
The PRECICE system is an intramedullary device that, once implanted, utilizes an External Remote Controller (ERC) to non-invasively lengthen the femur and tibia. Through propriety magnetic technology, the PRECICE ERC lengthens the PRECICE device with precision rate control. Each patient’s lengthening is customized based on a physician directed program.
“The vast majority of the patients I see can be reconstructed,” said Shawn Standard, M.D., Head of Pediatric Orthopedics at the International Center for Limb Lengthening in Baltimore, Maryland. “Previously it was greater than 90% amputations, now it’s greater than 90% reconstructions.”
Renee and her family were relieved when Dr. Standard offered a treatment that didn’t require external fixation or pin sites to keep clean. The family’s decision was made easier after Erica asked Dr. Standard if it were his daughter, would he choose the PRECICE system. He said yes.
After a successful surgery, Renee is back on her feet and back to her active self. She is even keeping up and playing sports with her brothers.
“Now, every day that I can get up and I can walk I put it to the fullest,” said Renee. “I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.”