As the world's most advanced, versatile and clinically proven circular fixator, the TAYLOR SPATIAL FRAME◊ system enables uncompromising stability, flexibility and precision. Or, in a word, control.
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External and internal fixation methods yield similar clinical outcomes in fracture management. However, the severity of a fracture is judged based on both the soft-tissue injury and the fracture itself. When the soft-tissue is at risk, you may tilt the treatment decision toward the use of circular fixation.
Circular fixation will allow you to start your definitive treatment right away, even in the presence of soft-tissue complications. By definition, external fixation enables percutaneous reduction, percutaneous fixation and is minimally invasive to soft tissues. And, with definitive treatment started, it is still possible to safely reduce or treat any soft-tissue complications 1,2.
With circular fixation you and your patients often feel comfortable enough to weight bear well before your internal fixation patients weight bear 3.
Fine, ongoing corrections to the reduction are possible while wearing the fixator. Soft tissue can be treated, reduction tweaked, compression increased, distraction accomplished - whatever you deem best for the patient and the treatment of their entire injury. Infinite adjustment of the reduction is possible without ever heading back to the OR.
1.On the timing of soft-tissue reconstruction for open fractures of the lower leg. Hertel R, Lambert SM, Müller S, Ballmer FT, Ganz R. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 1999;119(1-2):7-12.
2. The timing of flap coverage, bone-grafting, and intramedullary nailing in patients who have a fracture of the tibial shaft with extensive soft-tissue injury. Fischer MD, Gustilo RB, Varecka TF. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1991 Oct;73(9):1316-22.
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