Aberdeen surgeons pioneer hand surgery in the UK
- By: Roger Stevens
A Russian professor of hand surgery is visiting Aberdeen in Scotland to teach a pioneering technique to lengthen congenitally underdeveloped or amputated fingers. Professor Husseinali Ismailov, head of hand and foot surgery at the Russian Ilizarov scientific centre for restorative traumatology and orthopaedics in Kurgan, Russia, is teaching his method (the Ilizarov method, or transosseous osteosynthesis) to plastic and orthopaedic surgeons at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Professor Ismailov said, “The technique involves external fixation of the long, small, and spongy bones in which wires are passed through the skin and bones and attached to external rings and other metal supports connected by rods. Also, the technique involves performing various types of osteotomy to break the bone to lengthen, correct its deformity, and form a new shape.The wires then pull the broken fragments apart in the desired direction and the tension along the rods is gradually increased so that the bone grows