Taylor Spatial Frame™

Also known as: Taylor Spatial Frame external fixator, external fixator, TSF.

What is Taylor Spatial Frame™?

The Taylor Spatial Frame is a medical device known as a circular  external fixator. It’s a device that surrounds the leg or arm and gradually increases the length of the extremity in addition to correcting deformity.

What happens during the procedure? 
The Taylor Spatial Frame is placed around the affected limb and attached to the bone at several points with pins or wires. Over time, the struts of the Taylor Spatial Frame are lengthened in very small increments. As the frame lengthens, it also lengthens the bones of the limb and gradually corrects the limb 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 this technique.

Reviewed by: Scott J Schoenleber, MD

This page was last updated on: 8/7/2018 10:48:26 AM

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