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Correction of Tibial Deformity with Use of the Ilizarov-Taylor Spatial Frame
S. Robert Rozbruch, MD; Austin T. Fragomen, MD; Svetlana Ilizarov, MD
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J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2006 Dec 01;88(suppl 4):156-174. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.F.00745
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The Ilizarov-Taylor Spatial Frame (TSF; Smith and Nephew, Memphis, Tennessee) is a powerful tool for correcting tibial deformity1-6. A specialized feature of the TSF is its virtual hinge, which allows for the simultaneous gradual correction of multiplanar deformities and limb-lengthening through one osteotomy site. The power of the spatial frame lies in its precise control over the final limb length and alignment and in its ability to correct a residual deformity. The stability of this multiplanar circular fixator permits early weight-bearing and provides an ideal environment for both new-bone formation and soft-tissue healing. The classic principles of the Ilizarov method are followed to ensure proper frame application. The TSF web-based software is user-friendly and has greatly simplified the planning of the correction of an oblique plane deformity by utilizing standard anterior-posterior and lateral radiographic measurements. Computer-generated schedules and easy-to-read struts have greatly simplified patient involvement, which is crucial to the success of this technique.
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