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ILIZAROV SURGERY | Lengthen or Reshape Limb Bones

What Is Ilizarov Surgery?

The Ilizarov method utilizes a circular external fixator to stabilize bony segments. The system is comprised of a series of external rings which are attached to one another via various types of ring connectors. Tensioned wires and half pins are transfixed to bone and are also attached to the external rings, thereby stabilizing the entire bone.

Because of the circumferential nature of the device, the Ilizarov external fixator provides superior mechanical strength and stability, resisting shear and rotational forces. In fact the method not only allows for early weight-bearing in lower extremity applications, but weight bearing actually promotes healing and is therefore encouraged throughout treatment.

The Ilizarov technique offers many advantages over other treatments, including:


  • Minimal Soft Tissue Dissection Required

  • Bone Regeneration Potential

  • Tremendous Versatility

  • Ability to Stabilize Small Bone Fragments with Thin Tensioned Wires

In addition to strength and stability, the Ilizarov apparatus is designed to permit rings to change position relative to one another. Because the rings are attached to bone segments via wires and half pins, moving the rings has the effect of moving bone segments. The ability to precisely control the movement of bone segments is unique to the Ilizarov method and allows the Orthopedic Surgeon to compress, distract and lengthen various portions of a bone throughout treatment.


The Ilizarov technique is particularly useful for the treatment of complex problems, including:


  • Severe Acute Fractures

  • Fracture Nonunions

  • Infected Nonunions

  • Segmental Defects (large areas of missing bone)

  • Chronic Bone Infections



The Taylor Spatial Frame is an innovative ring fixator that uses six struts to connect rings. This modification to Professor Ilizarov’s apparatus has greatly simplified the correction of complex deformities.


The Ilizarov method can be used in various modes, including:


  • Compression

  • Distraction

  • Differential Compression or Distraction

  • Lengthening

  • Bone Transport

Dr. Bejoy Jayan is a highly experienced Orthopaedic Surgeon, who specializes in Arthroscopy, Arthroplasty, Lizarov Surgery abd Complex Trauma. He has practiced joint replacement and hand & wrist surgery exclusively for over 5 years.

KMM Hospital, Perumpadappu, Malappuram 679580

Phone: +91 702 530 7551

          +91 812 928 3500

Email: bejoyjayan@gmail.com

M.B.B.S | M.S Ortho | MCH


Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure on a joint in which an examination and sometimes treatment of damage is performed using an arthroscope, an endoscope that is inserted into the joint through a small incision.


Arthroplasty (literally "[re-]forming of joint") is an orthopedic surgical procedure where the articular surface of a musculoskeletal joint is replaced, remodeled, or realigned by osteotomy or some other procedure.

Complex Trauma

Complex trauma describes both exposure to multiple traumatic events—often of an invasive, interpersonal nature—and the wide-ranging, long-term effects of this exposure. These events are severe and pervasive, such as abuse or profound neglect.

KMM Hospital, Perumpadappu, Malappuram 679580

Email: bejoyjayan@gmail.com

Perumbadappu | Kerala | India

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