Originally Posted by ThunderSSNo, bone can’t be stretched. So what they do is separate the bone with a saw and wait for new soft tissue to form to “close the gap”. If left alone, it would, and new bone would be formed. But each day, they open the gap 0.040” of an inch. This causes this soft tissue to “chase” the gap. Once they’ve reached the distance they wish, they stop widening the gap. At this point, calcification begins and new bone is formed.
They actually stretch the new bone, or do they keep the pieces a certain distance apart and let the new bone grow into the gap?
Still, sounds like an apple/orange comparison to me.