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External Fixator

Product Information

Features and Benefits of the TAYLOR SPATIAL FRAME 

Stability: Circular construct allows near immediate weight bearing, accelerating fracture healing and increasing bone strength. 2

Adjustability: Unlike ORIF, the TAYLOR SPATIAL FRAME system allows for postoperative fracture reduction and alignment correction. 1

Versatility: Using fixed angled pins in multiple planes offers optimised stability while minimising soft tissue damage. 1

Simplify: Web-based software makes planning and treatment easier for physicians and patients. 3



The TAYLOR SPATIAL FRAME is a circular, metal frame with two rings that connect with six telescopic struts that can be independently lengthened or shortened relative to the rest of the frame. This allows for six different axis of movement, which gives the TAYLOR SPATIAL FRAME the ability to correct even the most difficult congenital deformities and trauma cases; providing treatment for a variety of skeletal fractures, malunions, and nonunions. By definition, external fixation enables percutaneous reduction, percutaneous fixation and is minimally invasive to soft tissues. With streamlined instrumentation and innovative hardware, the TAYLOR SPATIAL FRAME system offers the maximum benefits of a circular fixator without the complexity.

How is it used?

The TAYLOR SPATIAL FRAME is an external device for limb correction, lengthening and/or straightening that is based on the ILIZAROV™ Method. This external fixator takes advantage of the body's natural ability to grow healthy new bone tissue and gives the surgeon the ability to accurately move bones to their correct precise anatomic alignment. The TAYLOR SPATIAL FRAME provides a single solution for correcting your most challenging cases on the arm, leg, or foot.

• Limb correction, lengthening and/or straightening
• Complex fractures such as intra-articular fractures
• Deformities

We have a dedicated web application that allows you to add cases or research The web-based software makes planning for cases and correction areas easier. Watch the video demonstration for a step by step guide to using the website.

Are you a traumatologist? Click here for more information.


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1. The mechanics of external fixation. HSS J. 2007 Feb;3(1):13-29.
2. Fracture healing in rat femora as affected by functional weight-bearing. Sarmiento A, Schaeffer JF, Beckerman,L, Latta LL, Enis JE. J. Bone Joint Surg Am. 1977 Apr:59(3):369-75
3. Does the Taylor Spatial Frame accurately correct tibial deformities? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2010 May;468(5):1352-61. Epub 2009 Nov 13.

Soft Tissue Control

Soft tissue control

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 consider the option 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 .


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.

Quality Control

With circular fixation you and your patients often feel comfortable enough to weight bear well before your internal fixation patients weight bear 3 .

Infinite adjustment of the reduction

Fine, ongoing corrections to the reduction are possible while wearing the fixator. Soft tissue can be treated, reduction adjusted, compression increased, and 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 Operating Theatre.


3. Short-term outcomes of severe open wartime tibial fractures treated with ring external fixation. Keeling JJ, Gwinn DE, Tintle SM, Andersen RC, McGuigan FX. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2008 Dec;90(12):2643-51.

Control through experience

Control through the century

Smith & Nephew was a young company - only 130 years old - when we introduced the ILIZAROV External Fixator into the US orthopaedic community in the 1980's. That long-time “gold standard” for circular-frame devices helped establish our world leadership in limb restoration. We have since raised that standard with the development of the TAYLOR SPATIAL FRAME System


Control curriculum

Smith & Nephew has over 20 years of experience and success training surgeons on circular fixation methods. Each year, 150 more surgeons will complete our sold-out Essentials of External Fixation Course and Thin Wire Fixation for Foot and Ankle Course. Our sales representatives are also thoroughly trained and tested to support your use of the TAYLOR SPATIAL FRAME External Fixator at our state-of-the art Sales Academy.


Smith & Nephew is providing information in this site for general educational use only, and does not intend for this to be construed as medical advice or used as a substitute for the advice of your physician. For questions or concerns about a previous or upcoming surgery, Smith & Nephew recommends that you contact your healthcare professional.