Girl’s Bow-Leggedness Corrective Surgery Photos Shock Netizens
by Li on Wednesday, March 13, 2013
In Order to Correct Bow-Leggedness, Screws Are Inserted Into Bone and Tightened 3 Times Every Day
Bloody Pictures on a Weibo Post
Recently, netizen @朱小辫儿 posted on Weibo: There’s a girl on the Tianya BBS forum who had surgery to correct her “O-shaped legs” [bowed legs]. Every day, she takes a wrench and tightens every screw inserted in her bones three times, each time 7 mm deeper…3 months later, she took these screws that had already fused with her bones and flesh out. I keep wondering, what about the bloody holes in her legs?
Because this microblog post included a photograph of two legs with screws attached, it immediately caused a widespread stir with netizens, with many calling it shocking, “The pictures are horrifying”, and quite a few of them questioned, “Is it really necessary to do this just to correct bowed legs?” or “I know girls want to be pretty, but I’ve never met one willing to go this far just to be pretty.”
This Reporter Visited a Doctor to Find Answers
This reporter consulted an orthopedics expert over this matter. The expert said that “O-shaped legs” or commonly known as bow-leggedness are medically referred to as genu varum, which is a physical deformity where a person’s ankles can touch each other while their knees cannot thus forming an “O-shaped” gap.
“The disease is usually caused by lack of calcium or genetic reasons.” The expert says people with bowed legs can easily manifest a bias when walking, have difficulty keeping balance, walk like ducks, have postures that are relatively ugly, and thus for women, it directly affects their physical image. “Those who have this disease should get it treated as early as possible. Otherwise when they get older, it can easily lead to joint pain, etc. that could affect normal walking.
“With the medical technology today, correcting bow-leggedness isn’t necessarily difficult, and many city hospitals can do it.” He said the photo on Weibo shows a method of correction that was only shortly used a long time ago. “This method isn’t scientific, as the wounds on the legs can easily get infected, and cause unpredictable damage to the patient. ” The expert cautioned that if one is to do bow-leggedness corrective surgery, one just needs to go to a proper hospital.