Amputation stump lengthening with the Ilizarov technique. A case report

J. C. Eldridge, P. F. Armstrong, J. I. Krajbich

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It is often difficult to create a functional stump from a traumatic amputation, especially in a child. A case is described of a traumatic, high, below-knee amputation in a five-year-old child. The resulting stump was too short to allow a conventional below-knee prosthesis, decreasing gait efficiency. The Ilizarov technique was used to increase tibial length. Bony lengthening was very successful, but several problems were encountered with the soft-tissue reconstruction. This technique of stump reconstruction holds promise only if the soft-tissue problems are anticipated. The suggestions for future stump-lengthening procedures are preparatory plastic surgery for skin requirements including infection prevention measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-79
Number of pages4
JournalClinical orthopaedics and related research
Issue number256
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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