Clinic visits

You will have a significant number of surgeon clinic visits during your TAYLOR SPATIAL FRAME device treatment. Be sure to discuss this with the home-based team member who is helping you during treatment.

During the lengthening/correction phase, you may visit the clinic every two weeks so that your surgeon can monitor how you are progressing.

During the consolidation phase, you may visit the clinic once a month.

Office visits may range from 30 minutes to two hours, depending on what work or evaluations need to be performed.

Follow-up visits may include:1

  • Measuring the distraction amount since your last visit.
  • Assessing the range of motion of the joints above and below the external fixator for contractures. Contractures occur when the joint is not exercised. Without exercise the tendons and muscles shorten causing joint deformity, stiffness, limited mobility and pain.2
  • Checking the pin sites for inflammation or infection.
  • Checking the external fixator frame for loose wires, nuts and bolts.
  • Taking X-Rays to check the rate and progress of the lengthening/correction and assess the quality of the new bone growth.

1Parihar, Dr. Mangal. “Postop Care in the ILIZAROV Method,” June 1998.

2Smeltzer, Suzanne C. and Brenda G. Bare. Brunner and Suddarth’s Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing. Pennsylvania: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 1992.

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Contacts

Tri-city Medical Center, OceanSide

4077 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103

Phone - Harish S. Hosalkar, MD - Adult & Pediatric OrthopedistPhone: (619) 294-8111

Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego

4077 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103

Phone - Harish S. Hosalkar, MD - Adult & Pediatric OrthopedistPhone: (619) 294-8111

Scripps Mercy Hospital, Chula Vista

435 H Street
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Phone - Harish S. Hosalkar, MD - Adult & Pediatric OrthopedistPhone: (619) 691-7000

Scripps Hospital, Encinitas

354 Santa Fe Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024

Phone - Harish S. Hosalkar, MD - Adult & Pediatric OrthopedistPhone: (760) 633-6501

Sharp Grossmont Hospital, La Mesa

5555 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942

Phone - Harish S. Hosalkar, MD - Adult & Pediatric OrthopedistPhone: (619) 740-6000

Paradise Valley Hospital, National City

2400 East Fourth Street
National City, CA 91950

Phone - Harish S. Hosalkar, MD - Adult & Pediatric OrthopedistPhone: (619) 470-4321

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