Limb Lengthening with the Ilizarov External Fixator


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Abstract

The Ilizarov External Fixator is used to lengthen or widen bones, to correct angular or rotational defects, or to immobilize fractures. This article discusses techniques of application and care of the device; physiology and mechanics of limb lengthening and bone regeneration; and nursing strategies to achieve patient compliance and prevent complications.

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