Little Girl’s Right Leg Saved By The Unique Ilizarov Technique

An 8 year old girl was admitted to United Hospital with injury to right leg, compound fracture of tibia and fibula with significant bone loss and soft tissue injury.

She was managed successfully by Dr. Raju Kulkarni and the team. Soft tissue injury was handled by Dr. Pavan Patil and Dr. Anil Malhari. She underwent multiple surgeries,. They faced a unique challenge of bone union, soft tissue reconstruction and limb lengthening as there was significant bone loss of around 7 cms.

She was managed initially by wound debridement and external fixator application and soft tissue coverage by fasciocutaneous flap. Sub-sequentially once the soft tissue healed, external fixator was replaced by ilizarov frame, followed by osteotomy for limb lengthening. For a period of 4 months limb lengthening was done at a rate of 1mm per day and we achieved complete length during the period.

Now the child has achieved complete functional recovery with no limb length discrepancy. This is the beauty of ilizarov technique which was implemented effectively by our highly specialized team.


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