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Indian Journal of Orthopaedics Surgery


A study on functional outcome of ilizarov fixation in the management of infected non-union of long bones


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Author Details: Perepa Ravi Sasanka Sreeram

Volume : 2

Issue : 2

Online ISSN : 2395-1362

Print ISSN : 2395-1354

Article First Page : 187

Article End Page : 193


Abstract

Introduction: Nonunion of long bones especially tibia when associated with infection has always been a challenge to orthopaedic surgeons. This study is conducted to report the results of the use of this technique for treatment of infected nonunion of long bones and the study of complications encountered during treatment.
Material & Methods: An observational study was done on case records of 20 patients admitted and treated in Katuri Medical College with Ilizarov fixator for infected nonunion of long bones between August 2012 to September 2014 were taken for demographic information, details of treatment, radiological features and number of complications.
Results: The mean age of the patients was 39.3 years with majority (65%) in the age group of 30-50 years. Out of the 20 patients, 17 were males and 3 were females. Out of the 20 cases treated with the Ilizarov fixator 19 cases sound union occurred without the need for any other intervention and complete resolution of infection was seen. Five patients had a limb length discrepancy of more than 2.5 cm. 70% had excellent bony results and 50% had excellent functional results.

Keywords
: Infected non-union, Ilizarov fixation, Functional outcome