Short amputation stump lengthening with the Ilizarov method: risks versus benefits.

Published online: Jun 27 2001

Mertens, Lammens,

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Catholic University Leuven, University Hospital Pellenberg, Weligerveld 1, B-3212 Lubbeek, Pellenberg, Belgium.


The authors point out the indications for lengthening of short amputation stumps. Referring to their own experience they discuss the problems and pitfalls related to this surgical procedure. Sufficient soft tissue coverage is the most important factor for a good outcome whereas limitation of adjacent joint function may have a detrimental effect on the clinical result.