Mar
2002

Correction of foot deformities by the Ilizarov method without corrective osteotomies or soft tissue release.

Hosny GA
J Pediatr Orthop B 2002;11(2):121-128.
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This is an interesting orthopedic paper discussing correction of deformities without invasive surgery. It is often beneficial to the patient when these approaches are utilized, i.e., arthroscopic, percutaneous or minimally invasive techniques. I don’t believe the term “the bloodless technique” is the best description of this surgery, certainly not in the way NATA would understand it, implying that reduced blood loss is a major factor in the choice of this procedure. Foot and ankle surgery is rarely the cause of excessive blood loss.

– P. Earnshaw