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Principles of circular external fixation in trauma

Martin A. McNally and Maurizio A. Catagni

in Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199550647
Published online April 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608249 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199550647.003.012015

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Principles of circular external fixation in trauma

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The ideal frame should be versatile, stable during load bearing and allow joint movement, correction of deformity and closed application

Circular fixators consist of rings, connecting rods, fine wires and special parts

Meticulous preoperative planning with the patient and radiographs is essential

Recovery of limb function is the primary goal of fracture care; the patient must be fully involved in the rehabilitation

Fixator removal once union is complete should be performed under general anaesthetic for children or with sedation and analgesia in adults

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Subjects: Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery ; Surgical Skills

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