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MINERVA ORTOPEDICA E TRAUMATOLOGICA

A Journal on Orthopedics and Traumatology


Official Journal of the Piedmontese-Ligurian-Lombard Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology
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BONE AND JOINT DEFORMITIES - SCIENTIFIC PAPERS  100° CONGRESS OF THE PIEMONTESE-LIGURIAN-LOMBARD SOCIETY OF ORTHOPAEDICS AND TRAUMATOLOGY (S.P.L.L.O.T.) - Pavia, June 20-21, 2003


Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica 2003 April;54(2):54-6

language: English

Taylor Spatial Frame

Morandi M.

Department of Orthopaedic Traumatology Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI, USA


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The Taylor Spatial Frame is a multiplanar external fixator that combines the benefits of application of an external fixator with the computer accuracy in the reduction of long bone fractures and deformity correction. Indirect reduction of fractures or correction of deformities is achieved by realigning one bone end to the other through a spatial point of rotation. One to 6 axes of deformity between bone ends can be corrected sequentially or simultaneously by adjusting 6 connecting struts between 2 circular rings that are fixed externally to the bone fragments. The spatial frame is applied with the same method as an Ilizarov external fixator. The accuracy of fracture reduction is dependent on analyzing anteroposterior and lateral radiographs of the fracture afterward. Inputting 13 parameters into a computer software program provides the proper adjustments needed to reduce the fracture. Adjustments during the postoperative period are possible without modifying the fixator because the fracture site can be manipulated by changing the strut length. The Taylor Spatial Frame is a valuable tool in the arsenal of an orthopaedic surgeon. It is an effective definitive method of fracture care using external fixation.

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