Effect on knee flexion of a modification to the surgical technique of pin placement during femoral lengthening

Hamish Simpson*, Karen Barker

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract / Description of output

Loss of knee movement is a common problem in femoral lengthening. Two groups of 10 children were compared: one group lengthened by the Ilizarov technique using a standard method and one group in whom the technique was modified to incorporate a different method for determining the pin placement. Loss of knee flexion was compared between the two groups. A significant difference in the total loss of flexion (P < 0.002), and in the amount of knee flexion, at the end of lengthening (P < 0.001) and at 6 months after frame removal (P < 0.004) was observed. This simple modification to surgical technique appears to decrease the knee flexion lost in children undergoing femoral lengthening by the Ilizarov method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-312
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B
Volume11
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2002

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Femoral lengthening
  • Ilizarov
  • Knee range of motion

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Effect on knee flexion of a modification to the surgical technique of pin placement during femoral lengthening'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this