HYDERABAD: A bone fracture needs surgery and stay for months at hospital. And the time spent in distress increases if a bone has multiple complications. The Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) here has adopted a technology, ‘Taylor Spatial Frame’, which heals fracture or bone deformities externally and treats multiple deformities at a time, thus enabling a patient to walk after a few days of the treatment, doctors of the hospital have claimed.
Dr Srinivas Kasha, consultant orthopaedic and limb reconstruction surgeon at the hospital, said on Thursday that they had operated upon a 55-year-old patient, B Venkata Narayana, using the spatial frame. The patient’s bone in the right leg had multiple fractures, which are being healed.
The spatial frame, an external fixator, consists of two or more aluminium or carbon fibre rings connected by six struts. By using a calibrator, the struts can be moved, and the bone too, to bring together fractured pieces of bone, lengthen or shorten a bone.
Dr Srinivas and Dr B Bhaskar Rao, MD & CEO of KIMS, said that even bone deformities due to polio can be straightened using the spatial frame. The doctors said the procedure involves a surgery with minimal invasion.
“Using the spatial frame, a fracture can be healed in 60 to 90 days. The patient need not stay at the hospital for the entire period. We give them a sheet, detailing the method to change the struts. After the surgery, the patient can leave for home. Using the sheet, he can change the struts on his own,” said Dr Srinivas.Getting the bone scanned using X-ray at regular intervals enables them to check the deformity and readjust strut measurements, if needed.
■ Taylor Spatial Frame heals bone deformities externally
■ Bone deformities due to polio can also be treated
■ Patients can walk a few days after surgery