What is Ilizarov technique of external fixation?

What is Ilizarov technique of external fixation?

The Ilizarov apparatus is a type of external fixation used in orthopedic surgery to lengthen or reshape limb bones; as a limb-sparing technique to treat complex and/or open bone fractures; and in cases of infected nonunions of bones that are not amenable with other techniques.

How do I get my Ilizarov ring?

Allow at least 2 cm everywhere between ring and skin.

  1. Preparation. Connect the two proximal rings with three threaded rods.
  2. Attach most proximal ring to tibia. The most proximal ring should lie 2 or more centimeters below the proximal tibial articular surface.
  3. Pearl – positioning aids.
  4. Fixation of the middle ring.

How long does an Ilizarov frame stay on?

The length of time you will need to wear your frame will likely be a minimum of 3 months. But in most cases patients must wear their frames for 6-12 months. You should discuss any return to work with your consultant.

Why is an Ilizarov frame used?

An Ilizarov frame is used to: help heal complex fractures (complicated broken bones) help heal severe skin or tissue loss. lengthen long bones if too much bone has been lost at the time of accident by allowing new bone to grow in between the two broken bone ends.

Can you walk with an Ilizarov frame?

Walking and weight bearing They will aim to wean you off your walking aid/s as soon as you are able (this is usually 6 to 8 weeks after the frame has been applied but is longer if you are carrying out corrections). Weight bearing is important as it stimulates the bone to heal.

How do you shower with an Ilizarov frame?

Shower your frame thoroughly but gently. You may use a mild, non-perfumed soap on your limb. 4. Dry your frame and the limb thoroughly with a freshly washed, dry towel (do not use the same one that you use to dry the rest of your body).

How do you sleep with an external fixator on your leg?

Your sleep will be limited to one position – your back. Elevate the limb with the external device for comfort and security. You may want to sleep with the fixator frame cover on to avoid ripping the sheets.

Can I lift a leg by the external fixator?

It is safe and generally well-tolerated to lift from the external fixator rings when assisting patient in moving leg.

  • September 28, 2022