Computer-assisted surgery planning for lower extremity deformity correction by the ilizarov method

Hong Lin, John G. Birch, Mikhail L. Samchukov, Richard B. Ashman

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Starting in 1952, Prof. Gavril Ilizarov, a Russian orthopedic surgeon, devised a complex method of long bone deformity correction using an external bone fixation system consisting of rings and wires. We have developed a computer-assisted surgery planning system to aid in correction using the Ilizarov method. The hardware for the system is composed of an ultrasonic digitizer as input device, an HI plotter as output device, a 386/486 personal computer with super VGA monitor, and a mouse interfacing between user and computer. The software includes two separate programs. The main program is a menu-driven two-dimensional graphics program, which divides the planning procedure into several major stages, including preoperative planning and postoperative verification. The second program uses the information generated from the first program to create an image of the ideal three-dimensional frame construction to give a general impression of the appearance of the constructed frame.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-108
Number of pages6
JournalComputer Aided Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1995


  • Angular deformity
  • Computer assistance
  • Ilizarov fixator
  • Planning
  • Preoperative planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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