Robert Douglas Fitch
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

My research interest center around limb lengthening and external fixation. Much is known about the biology of distraction osteogenesis. However, little is known about the effects on the soft tissues with limb lengthening techniques. In a dog model, we are investigating the effects of limb lengthening on muscle function, analizing amount of muscle lengthened per segment of bone lengthening, contractility, and strength. We also hope to begin studies assessing the effects of non steroidal anti-inflammatories on the quality of bone regenerate formed with distraction osteogenesis.

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  • Box 2911 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710
  • Lenox Baker Chldrn Hosp, Durham, NC 27710

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