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VOLUME 16 , ISSUE 1 ( January-April, 2021 ) > List of Articles


Ilizarov Method for Acute Paediatric Tibial Fractures

Juergen Messner, Christopher P Prior, Bethan Pincher, Simon Britten, Paul J Harwood, Patrick AL Foster

Keywords : Ilizarov technique, paediatric tibial fracture, wire to ring reduction technique, external fixation

Citation Information :

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10080-1517

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Published Online: 00-04-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Aim and background: A systemic method for the application of Ilizarov fixators and on-table fracture reduction is described in this instructional article. This technique has been developed from the unit's practice in adult patients. The indications, underlying principles and rationale for the method are also discussed. Technique: The basic concept involves the construction of a series of concentric, colinear rings aligned with the mechanical axis of the limb. An orthogonal ring block is initially placed on the proximal segment and extended distally. Wire to ring reduction techniques are used resulting in the contact, alignment and stability required for early full weight-bearing, free movement of knee and ankle, and subsequent healing. Conclusion and clinical significance: Our step-by-step guide takes the reader through a systematic approach to surgery along with tips and tricks on how to achieve reduction and avoid the common pitfalls. With this method, it is possible to achieve an on-table reduction and correction of a multiplanar deformity without the use of expensive hexapod technology. This may allow less experienced users reproduce the technique with a shorter learning curve.

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