Ilizarov Treatment/Technique

Also known as: Ilizarov treatment, Ilizarov method of limb correction.

What is Ilizarov treatment/technique?

Ilizarov treatment/technique is a method used for correcting unequal or deformed limbs. It can also prevent amputation in some instances. It’s used to treat problems ranging from growth plate fractures to congenital limb deformities  to broken bones that didn’t heal properly.

What happens during the procedure? 
In Ilizarov treatment/technique, an apparatus known as a circular external fixator is surgically attached to the affected bones in several places. Over time, the device slowly separates the bone segments. As the bone gets pulled apart, new bone grows and fills in the gaps, resulting in correction of the shortening and deformity.

Is any special preparation needed? 
A number of imaging and other diagnostic tests are required to determine that a patient is a good candidate for Ilizarov treatment/technique.

Reviewed by: Scott J Schoenleber, MD

This page was last updated on: 4/18/2018 1:31:30 PM



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