Is the Procedure Right for You?

Conditions Treated

Taylor Spatial Frame

Your Core Team

Understanding the Process

Planning for the Journey

Clinic Visits

Physical Therapy


Ambulation with Crutches

Adjusting the Fixator at Home

Support Yourself

Coping with Pain

Dealing with the Stress of
External Fixation

Pin Care


Pin-Tract Infections

Nerve Problems

Clothing Modifications

Purpose of Covers

Activities of Daily Living

After the Fixator is Removed

Partners in Success

Is the Procedure Right for You?

Limb correction is a gradual process, which lengthens and/or straightens bone and soft tissue so a limb can function as normally as possible. While there are many reasons a patient would choose to have this type of procedure, the primary indications include trauma, congenital deformities and bone or joint infection.

Your orthopedist uses the ILIZAROV surgical method to correct a deformed limb. This remarkable technique uses a device called the Taylor Spatial Frame to take advantage of the body's natural ability to grow healthy new bone tissue.

The two phase process typically takes 12 months to complete, during which the bone shape is gradually corrected and then is precisely held together by the Taylor Spatial Frame. Even as the bone hardens and matures in the anatomically correct length and alignment, the device allows for a reasonable level of physical mobility.

This procedure can work for both children and adults. Children with congenital deformities may often suffer from unequal leg lengths. In the same way, an adult may have experienced one of these conditions for many years, and may now suffer from back pain and arthritis caused by the leg discrepancy.