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SA Orthopaedic Journal

On-line version ISSN 2309-8309
Print version ISSN 1681-150X

Abstract

FERREIRA, N; MARE, PH  and  MARAIS, LC. Circular external fixator application for midshaft tibial fractures: Surgical technique. SA orthop. j. [online]. 2012, vol.11, n.4, pp.39-42. ISSN 2309-8309.

The use of fine wire circular external fixation has recently undergone a resurgence in popularity among orthopaedic trauma and reconstructive surgeons. Their modularity, biomechanical characteristics and minimally invasive application make these fixators indispensable for complex trauma and post-traumatic limb reconstruction. The application of these fixators is technically demanding and a steep learning curve exists. This article aims to provide a simplified, stepwise approach to the application of a circular external fixator to the tibia.

Keywords : Ilizarov; circular external fixator; surgical technique.

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