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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 685-690

The role of the Ilizarov fixator in management of tibial defect

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Menoufia University, Shebin El Kom, Menoufia, Egypt

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Mohamed F Abdel Baky
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Menoufia University, Shebin El Kom, Menoufia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1110-2098.198755

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Objectives The objective of this study was to evaluate the results of the Ilizarov technique in the treatment of tibial defect. Background The incidence of tibial defect is increasing continuously in our country as a result of high-energy trauma, debridement of osteomyelitis, tumor resection, or congenital anomalies. Sometimes the defects are associated with major soft-tissue injuries that limit the functional outcome independent of the actual bone loss. Materials and methods This work was a prospective study of 30 patients with tibial defect treated by Ilizarov external fixator. All patients were evaluated both clinically and radiologically through routine follow-up visits, and all items of information concerning each patient were collected and recorded using the patient information sheet, and data were tabulated and evaluated. Results In this study of 30 patients with tibial bone defect treated with Ilizarov external fixator, the results were five excellent patients, 19 good patients, four fair patients, and two poor patients (P < 0.05). Conclusion Treatment of tibial defect with Ilizarov yields satisfactory results.

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