Ilizarov external fixation without removal of plate or screws: effect on hypertrophic and oligotrophic nonunion of the femoral shaft with plate failure

J Orthop Trauma. 2012 Aug;26(8):e123-8. doi: 10.1097/BOT.0b013e318238bea7.


Patients with hypertrophic and oligotrophic nonunion of the femoral diaphysis associated with plate failure can be treated by Ilizarov external fixation without plate removal. Advantages of this technique include a lack of damage to the blood supply and simultaneous deformity correction.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bone Plates / adverse effects*
  • Bone Screws / adverse effects*
  • Device Removal
  • Female
  • Femoral Fractures / complications*
  • Femoral Fractures / surgery*
  • Fractures, Malunited / etiology*
  • Fractures, Malunited / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Ilizarov Technique*
  • Male
  • Prosthesis Failure
  • Treatment Failure
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult