Ilizarov & Spatial Frame Techniques
The Ilizarov technique allows crooked or severely damaged bone in the lower leg and ankle to be straightened and lengthened.
Gavril Ilizarov developed the method in Russia more than 50 years ago. It’s used worldwide today, often with other devices such as the Taylor Spatial Frame.
The technique is based on the fact that bone naturally heals itself by growing, or regenerating. A deformed or short bone is broken, then positioned properly. Small pins and wires fixed through the bone connect to circular rings outside the leg. Over time, these rings are slowly moved farther apart. Bone grows in to fill the tiny gaps.
The Ilizarov technique can straighten misaligned bones and help repair complex fractures or bones that never healed properly.