Based on the principles of distraction osteogenesis originally elucidated
by Gavriil A. Ilizarov, Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Surgery
successfully covers the entire current spectrum of Ilizarov-based surgery. It
was not long ago that Ilizarov, who is now universally known as the father of
deformity correction, was working in Siberia and was unknown in the West.
Fortunately, a group of Italians "discovered" the Ilizarov
circular fixator in the early 1980s and brought a completely new branch of
orthopaedic medicine to the rest of the world.