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Clinical utility of the Taylor spatial frame for limb deformities

Authors Keshet D, Eidelman M

Received 31 January 2017

Accepted for publication 29 March 2017

Published 30 May 2017 Volume 2017:9 Pages 51—61

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/ORR.S113420

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Clark Hung


Doron Keshet, Mark Eidelman

Pediatric Orthopedics Unit, Rambam Health Care Center, Haifa, Israel

Abstract: The Taylor spatial frame (TSF) is a hexapod external fixator that can correct six-axis deformities. The mathematical base of all hexapod systems is projective geometry, which describes complex repositioning of an object in space. The Taylor brothers developed one of the first six-axis correction systems, which is known today as TSF. Over the years, this system has become the most used six-axis deformity correction device. In this review, we describe the history behind TSF development, and describe the principles and clinical utility for application of the TSF in different settings, such as acute trauma, malunions, and various deformities of the lower and upper limb.

Keywords: external fixator, deformity correction, hexapod

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