The Ilizarov technique in joint contractures and dislocations

Yehuda Ullmann, Lucian Fodor, Michael Soudry, Alexander Lerner

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Abstract

This study was designed to evaluate the results of treatment of joint contractures (6 patients) and dislocations (2 cases) with an Ilizarov device. Six patients with restricting joint contractures were successfully treated and after gradual scar expansion they achieved a significant improvement in their range of motion. One patient with elbow instability after closed dislocation achieved 5° to 130° of motion, while one patient with an open dislocation achieved a range of motion from 15° to 100°. These results suggest that a hinged Ilizarov external fixation frame can be a useful tool to restore function in such complex problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-82
Number of pages6
JournalActa Orthopaedica Belgica
Volume73
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ilizarov
  • Joint contracture
  • Joint instability

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