ch. 6 External Fixator

Posted: May 5, 2012 in Traumatology

External fixation is a surgical treatment used to set bone fractures in which a cast would not allow proper alignment of the fracture.External fixators are made of pins or wires (Schanz screws, Steinman pins, Kirschner wires) that are placed percutaneously into the bone above and below the fracture site. There are three basic types of external fixators:

  • 1.Standard pin fixator
  • 2. Ring fixator
  • 3. Hybrid fixator
Standard pin fixator                                                                                                                                                                           Ring fixator     
Hybrid fixator

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