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ilizarov frame
Posted by Liam
Last Reply September 2, 2018 at 17:45
Started February 1, 2018 at 21:18
Hi all,
just found this site on the internet wish i had looked earlier. I had accident at work left leg 2 fractures above knee plateau 5 fractures below knee and shin bone Tib/Fib. Metal cage on fitted nov 3 2017 rings have been coming off 1 month at a time more or less. The final 2 rings will be coming off next week 5 pins left below knee 16 weeks now. i was told minimum 6 months before operation , but thank god i am healing quick.My only concern is the bending of my knee i have been going physio but the pins below knee pinch and hurt the muscle hindering bending my knee.I have been wait bearing since day 3 on zimmer / crutches i have been infection free on my pin sites thanks to my wife taking over the care of cleaning them .I have not had any alcohol since accident to help bone healing and it seems to have worked fingers crossed. I just hope when final 2 rings come off my knee will bend more without pain , i am a bit scared i will not be able to walk properly after removal.As r... read more

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Posted by Pedro elias
Last Reply February 23, 2018 at 16:27
Started February 21, 2018 at 18:07

Hello, I am a person of short stature who wants to undergo the method
ilizarov to increase between 4 or 6 cm. At the beginning I thought
about operating with dr veklich but I have seen very bad experiences
on the internet from that doctor.http: //
I would like someone who has gone through this process to recommend
me good doctors.

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New to Ilizarov frame
Posted by clayton pearce
Last Reply January 18, 2018 at 16:18
Started June 16, 2012 at 12:27

Im just looking to talk to people about this frame, if you have had one fitted / got one fitted or know anything about them?

I am currently in hospital not too sure when ill be out yet?

I had a Motorbike accident 16 days ago, I have broken my right leg which is in cast and my left leg i had a open compound fracture with 6 broken bones which to begin with i had a temp fixator and 3 days ago i had to ilizarov cage fitted.

the last 3 days i have been on the morphine where i can press the button to release every 5 minutes and had that taken off me yesterday so i am slightly worried what pain i will feel now without that. they are giving me slow releasing morphine now every 12 hours 2 tablets.

i have managed to do a bit of walking with using a frame but its a weird feeling and painfull, would be easier if at least one leg was not broke!

they said i will have the cage on for min of 6 months, could be less or more think it depends how i get on with the healing process... read more

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Living with a Fixator
Posted by Alan
Last Reply December 27, 2017 at 21:33
Started June 27, 2012 at 22:56
Hello all
Great to find this site and read about all the other good folk suffering the trials and tribulations associated with limb fractures and Ilizarov Fixators.
I suffered a messy compound fracture of both bones in my left lower leg last March, pruning branches from a tree in my garden, I also managed to break a bone in my spine, (just to complicate matters a little)
After countless scans and X-rays and the fitting of a temporary brace to my leg, together with three exploratory and cleansing operations I was finally fitted with an Ilizarov Fixator during an operation lasting 5 hours. Then following three painful weeks in hospital I was finally permitted to go home. Iíve had the fixator attached over 13 weeks to date with confirmed date of four weeks to go before removal.
I can sympathise with anyone who has had one of these wonderful but incredibly clumsy contraptions fitted, although Iíve been assured that it saved my lower leg, the pain and discomfort of the treatment an... read more

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frame fitted upper tibia
Posted by Buzz D
Last Reply November 26, 2017
Started November 11, 2017 at 16:40
My frame was fitted 9th March, 48 hours ago! and what a difference a day makes. lots of pain and no sleep first day and night but last night I got 4 hours sleep and the pain is being managed. I will be in hospital till Monday and have plans set up for my return. toe touching on short journeys but feeling confident for the future.

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Stinging and burning of the pins
Posted by Jacob
Last Reply November 21, 2017 at 08:37
Started November 21, 2017 at 08:37
Hi everyone, I'm Jacob from Sheffield, England.
I have been in a serious car accident and have had a complicated break to my left
leg, both tibia and fibula. Also a compound fracture to my right leg in which I
ended up loosing 8cm of bone. I have had 2 ilizarof frames put on, one on each
leg. On my right leg I have had to lengthen my bone and have just recently
finished. The problem I've been having is in the pins that go into my leg. They
seem to have started burning and are very very sore, the pains that intense I
cannot walk. I've been on antibiotics for over a week and nothing has changed so
I have had to rule out an infection.

Has anyone else had this experience? Could they tell me what to do or how long
it is likely to last?

Thank you.

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exogen bone healing system
Posted by dave chapman
Last Reply November 20, 2017 at 17:48
Started February 16, 2007 at 13:39
what a machine the exogen is... in short ive had a non union compound fracture of the tib n fib for almost 2 years ive had fixators casts and a lizzy frame with no luck and 7 weeks ago they started me on exogen treatment and wow !! in just 8 more weeks ill be free of this ilizarov for ever .my advice to anyone in the same boat as me tell your doctor to try the EXOGEN BONE HEALING SYSTEM it realy WORKS!
thank you mighty exogen you,ve saved my leg and my life

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Posted by Charls
Last Reply November 12, 2017 at 11:20
Started November 12, 2017 at 11:20
hello all, can anyone recommend a good TSF surgeon in spain ?

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Post TSF rehab
Posted by Sara
Last Reply October 21, 2017 at 13:00
Started October 15, 2017 at 15:49
I badly broke my tibia and foot coming off
a moped over the summer. I've got plates
in my foot which seem to be doing ok and
I've just had a TSF removed which was on
for the first three months. I've now got
an internal fixator and am allowed to do a
bit of weight bearing (partial). My
question is about knee stiffness -
currently (and when I had the frame on) I
can't get anything beyond a 90 degree bend
in my knee, it just won't go. I've got
some exercises from the physio but I'd be
keen to hear people's experiences about
getting mobile again post frame...?
thanks in advance!

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Posted by Rebecca Wilson
Last Reply October 18, 2017 at 19:56
Started August 16, 2017 at 01:11
Hi everyone, I've had my frame on for 7 weeks now. I have been told that I'm
going to have 2 of the pins removed on the 29th of August, I was wondering if this
is a good thing or not. I have seen people talk about a 'destruction process' and
was wondering if that's what this means. I'd also like to know if having the pins
removed is painful?

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Bowlegs-Taylor Spatial Frame
Posted by Jess
Last Reply October 7, 2017 at 14:05
Started February 11, 2013 at 17:20
Hello everyone,

I have a congental bowleg condition (from knee down), it is not severe but it was
causing me a lot of pain all my life, and my doc told me i would have probably
needed knee replacement later in life if i didnt do anything about it. I am 25 years
old. Last week I had my first frame done on my left leg. Today is my first day
home from the hospital. I did the surgery in NYC. I just wanted to see if anyone
had similar condition and how did it go with them? Im getting my second leg
done on March 14th and im really worried my left leg wont be fully ready for it and
ill end up not being able to move at all with both frames on. How long does it
usually take for you to be able to bear weight on your leg, or be able to walk
without a walker pr crutches? If anyone could share their experience that woul be

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Posted by Jun
Last Reply September 30, 2017 at 17:58
Started September 30, 2017 at 17:58
Hello, World!
I don't know how to begin. By the
way, English is not my native
language so bear with me.
I'm a registered nurse here in the
Philippines. Within the same year
that I got my license to practice; I
was involvedy in a vehicular accident
(I'm the offended party) which
mangled my left leg. Ending my
nursing career before I even began.
That happened on August of 2014. I
was brought to two hospitals and both
wants me amputated immediately to
save my life. My sister asked the
latter to refrain from doing so to
give God a chance to work on me. To
make the long story short..

My TIBIA was gone while afew
insignificant pieces of FIBULA were
They introduced the ilizarov on me on
my 4th of 12 operations.
And it stays on me for months on end.
They occasionally remove and changed
it with something else, like a simple
fixator and an internal plate (didn't
work). Made Bone graft from my hip,
made several tissue and skin
tranfe... read more

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Taylor Spatial Frame
Posted by Katherine
Last Reply September 26, 2017 at 04:25
Started July 18, 2007
Does anyone currently have the taylor spatial frame on? is it better than the ilizarov? im getting it on in two weeks and the doctor made it sound like it was the better option. Well let me know about the frame, any information would be helpful :)

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How do you walk on an installed foot plate!
Posted by Julie Barnes
Last Reply September 14, 2017 at 08:58
Started September 14, 2017 at 08:58
My story is that I had a small lump
removed by my Podiatrist on Dec. 30 2016.
It was suppose to be a cyst but came back
as as a soft tissue Sarcoma.
(Myxofibrosarcoma to be exact). These are
really aggressive tumors so on Feb.14,
2017, my oncologist removed a large chunk
of my foot below the ankle on the outside
They had to do a skin flap and skin graft
to cover the giant hole. I was non weight
bearing for 6 weeks while they waited for
the grafts to heel enough. As soon as the
brace came off, I noticed that I could no
longer lift my foot you or move it side to
side. I also had to start radiation (33
treatments over all). They say that it
doesn't hurt but it was agony for me. It
felt I had acid thrown on that site daily.
The skin graft we're so fragile that they
would start breaking down to bloody pulp
by the second week of treatment. We ended
up having to stop and restart 3 days for
fear the grafts would completely die. I... read more

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Awaiting Ilazorov frame operation
Posted by The Gifted Gardener
Last Reply September 12, 2017 at 11:58
Started November 28, 2017 at 23:02
Hi All! Great forum and always good to
chat to like minded people. Had a Pilon
Fracture in Jan this year. Plates in tib
and Fib and a load of screws at bottom of
tibia. Left with severe foot inversion
and and tib fracture failed to heal so now
massive non union. Going in for a bone
graft from thigh, re-allign of foot, all
metalwork out and Ilazorov put on. Bit
scared so any advice on what is to come
will help...

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ankle fusion
Posted by trina
Last Reply June 13, 2017 at 09:43
Started June 12, 2008 at 13:07
i hope some one can anwser my questions, i am due to have my ankle fused in my right leg, i am a 28 year female, slightly overweight and a smoker, i am going to have it done in stanmore in september. what i would like to know, is if i would have a normal gait after, would my leg be shorter than the other, would a be able to drive a manual car, as it is in my right leg, what is dancing like, would i be able to wear any type of heels, although i dont really mind as i am over 6ft already, what about going down stairs?? i really hope somebody could help me with some of these questions, i am so scared to go and have this op, and feels that i have no information.

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Knee clicking
Posted by Dave
Last Reply April 19, 2017
Started November 17, 2016 at 23:51
Hi guys

I have two ilizarov frames on my tibias ive had them on for 3.5 months now. My
legs are badly atrophied ive lost 7.5" off my thigh and 4" muscle off my calves. I
was into bodybuilding so ive lost so much muscle

One thing that is concerning me hugely is that both my knee caps have started to
click when i extend my legs up and down. Ive read it may be because ive lost so
much quad size and also its causing a tracking issue.

Have any of you experienced this type of thing and did it go away one the frames
were removed?


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Posted by Anita Francis
Last Reply April 18, 2017 at 23:49
Started January 2, 2017 at 17:30
I have had my fixation on for 6 weeks. I broke left tibia and fibula lower left leg in
May 2016. I had to have a muscle flap on front of my lower leg due to break down
of all soft tissue. I was in a boot and weight bearing, but the bone displaced 26%.
I am now in a 3 ring fixation aid with 13 pins sites.

The bone has been teased back into place and I have been told to weight bear,
which I do. However the last few days the inside of my ankle and round above my
heel is really painful. My pain seems to move around. Does anyone else have

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It's all worth it in the end
Posted by Cloppie
Last Reply April 17, 2017 at 20:53
Started May 19, 2013 at 09:06
After 5 months 2 weeks and 1 day with a five ring Ilizarov frame on my right lower
leg, yesterday I had it removed. Almost impossible to see what was going on with
x-rays but a CT scan showed good connection on a complete break of the upper
tibia, so time to get this thing off my leg. The op took around one hour, I think
'cause I was under general, and came round with no frame. Two or three hours
recovery in a hospital bed and then discharged after a visit from the physio. The
difference is incredible. I could not walk properly with my frame on, even though
I was weight bearing in around 4-5 weeks. I had to use crutches to walk with any
real speed and the usual problems of stairs, showering and especially sleeping
persisted for the entire time I had the frame on. In just 24 hours since having it
removed I am walking normally, although my thigh muscles are struggling to
keep up, and I slept like a baby. I will post more blogs with some hits and tips I
us... read more

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After care problems
Posted by Sandra
Last Reply April 9, 2017 at 15:21
Started April 9, 2017 at 15:21
I have a leg ulcer that won't heal in my second year
It is at the ankle point where my frame was anyone else experienced this

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