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Foot and Ankle External Fixation

ILIZAROV foot and ankle external fixation


The control solution for over 20 years

TSF and ILIZAROV Hardware Pocket Reference Guide

ILIZAROV and TSF Cables Surgical Technique

Now specialized for the foot and ankle surgeon

For nearly 60 years, the ILIZAROVTM method has produced excellent postoperative results in the treatment of foot deformities and ankle fractures. By requiring fewer incisions, the system provides a minimally invasive treatment solution saving valuable OR time and resulting in improved patient outcomes.

Control for optimal outcomes

  • Control soft tissue problems with your frame
  • Provide greater stability to your internal fixation so it has time to do its job
  • Enable near immediate weight bearing
  • Protect the bottom of the foot and increase patient comfort with the new Rocker Ring

Control your OR experience

  • Save valuable OR time while still providing adjustability with the pre-assembled frame constructs
  • Simplify foot and ankle procedures with a one tray system by using the Removable Mayo Stand Caddy with newly organized compartments that provide easy access to hardware
  • Speed your procedure

ILIZAROV foot and ankle tray

Are you interested in learning more about the ILIZAROV for use in the foot and ankle?  Visit our Education and Evidence website for course information. 

 Caution: US Federal law restricts these devices to sale by or on the order of a physician.

*ILIZAROV is a trademark of MedicalPlastic srl.

Clinical Evidence

In the April issue of Injury (International Journal of the Care of the Injured), official journal of the British Trauma Society, there is a study showing the advantages of using ILIZAROV external fixation. This study out of Poland determined that when treating osteoarthritis and deformities of the ankle joint, using ILIZAROV external fixators as compared to internal fixation resulted in superior ankle fusion rates and a lower rate of adjacent joint OA and ankle joint misalignment.  

Radiological evaluation of ankle arthrodesis with Ilizarov fixation compared to internal fixation

Piotr Morasiewicz, Maciej Dejnek, Wiktor Urba _nski, Szymon Łukasz Dragan, Mirosław Kulej, Szymon Feliks Dragan

These compelling data differentiate Smith & Nephew’s ILIZAROV external fixation within the circular framing market.


ILIZAROV external fixation was compared to internal fixation to evaluate the results of the rate of union, rate of adjacent joint arthritis, and malalignment of the ankle joint.

ILIZAROV external fixation is better for patients with poor bone quality, larger deformities, and shortening of limbs compared to internal fixation.  

ILIZAROV external fixation demonstrated lower prevalence of adjacent-joint osteoarthritis and ankle joint misalignment compared to internal fixation.

Ankle fusion was achieved by 100% (all 29) of patients who received the ILIZAROV fixator and achieved by 87.9% (29 of 33) of patients with internal fixation, a statistically significant superiority (p < 0.05) in the fusion rate of ILIZAROV external fixation over internal fixation.

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