SK™ Hybrid ESF System
Circular fixators typically utilize fine wires placed under tension instead of normal diameter half-pins and full-pins. When loaded, fine wires under tension behave in a non-linear fashion demonstrating low stiffness early, but increasing in stiffness as loading becomes greater. This non-linear stiffness is considered the basis of the Ilizarov method, and some consider it to enhance the fracture healing process.
When components of traditional linear ESF frames and circular ESF frames are combined, the resulting frame is considered a hybrid ESF frame. Something as simple as substituting traditional pins for fine wires in a multi-ring circular ESF frame becomes a hybrid frame by definition. This is commonly done with circular ESF frames applied to the tibia to eliminate the morbidity often associated with fine wires near the stifle.
By utilizing hybrid rods, the SK™ fixator is easily coupled with circular ESF devices to form hybrid frames that consist of a single ring with fine wires coupled to what appears to be a Type I-a or Type I-b ESF frame. These “simple” hybrid frames are relatively inexpensive and straightforward to construct as compared to more complex circular ESF frames or more complex hybrid frames. These hybrid frames are practical alternatives to transarticular ESF frames for stabilization of very small fracture fragments. In addition, hybrid frames can be alternatives to complete circular ESF frames for certain selected growth deformity patients.