external fixator

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EXTERNAL FIXATION OF FRACTURES OF THE TIBIA AND FIBULA

external fixator

A device for holding fractured bones in place by use of external rather than internal fixation.
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external fixator

A form of bone fixation increasingly used in the management of fractures. A strong steel bar, of circular or square cross-section, lying parallel to the fractured long bone, and securely fixed to it by a number of steel pins passed in through the skin and screwed into the bone above and below the fracture site. The pins are attached to the bar by adjustable brackets.
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Contract notice: invitation to tender for the supply of orthopedic external fixator kits
They can be divided into two categories: the external fixator and the internal fixator or implantable lengthening nail.
The key ring fixator described in this report is a modification of the circular external fixator (CEF) technique used in small animal and human fracture repair.
The trauma fixation devices is classified as internal fixator devices, and external fixator devices.
The pertrochanteric external fixator reduced pain, hospital stay, and mechanical complications in comparison with the sliding hip screw, J Bone Joint Surg Am 2002; 84: 1488.
Ettinger et al (13), in a retrospective study involving 58 cases of Charcot arthropathy treated with intramedullary hindfoot nail and external fixator, reported a success rate of 100% and 84%, respectively, for ankle fusion.
After surgery, which included an external fixator and pins to stabilise the leg and months of strict rest, Walle is now fully recovered and ready to find a new home.
The patient's condition required specialist surgery, known as a femoral osteotomy, with application of a circular external fixator called a Taylor Spatial Frame to straighten her legs and correct the debilitating defect.