External fixation has been shown to be an extremely versatile tool for surgical reconstruction of the lower extremity. Modern circular-ring fixators, based on original Ilizarov design, are widely used for their stiffness, utility, adjustability, and effectiveness. Because of the full-radius enclosure of the limb, however, it can be difficult to place the fixator on a supine patient. Our institutions have used a useful technique to aid application of the fixator by suspending the limb several centimeters above the operating table.
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Published online: August 05, 2010
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© 2010 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.