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Advantages and disadvantages of the external fixator in comparison to other types of treatment

The external fixator offers certain advantages to the patient in comparison with internal fixation systems, such as plates or studs.

First, it is a mini-invasive technique that is both simple and relatively fast. It provides a diminished risk of infection.


Second, it is removed in outpatient-care, thereby obviating the need for a subsequent, major surgical operation.

Third, the external fixator permits, in the majority of cases, an early mobility of the joints adjacent to the fracture.


From the medical viewpoint, the external fixator facilitates the micro-movements at the level of the fracture (in contrast to plates) thereby affording an improved vascularisation of the seat of the fracture and a more rapid and better quality formation of the osseus callus.

Certain medical protocols advocate the temporary use of the

fixator during the first days after the trauma, so that the appropriate treatment can be better decided upon once the oedema has been resorbed.

All in all, it is a rapid technique that is simple and tested - requiring little recourse to complex devices. It reduces operation times and consequently the final cost for the patient.


As with any technique, it also has some disavantages: equipment that is cumbersome during the course of the treatment. Infections are still possible and the patient is recommended to closely follow the health instructions prescribed by his doctor. In certain cases the device can also be contraindicated, as in the case of osteoporosis, for example. For more information, please consult your specialist.


To enhance your comfort, Gexfix, by utilising high quality materials such as carbon fibres, has developed a light and x-ray transparent fixator.