Your well-being

Although you will have a great deal of support available during the process, you are your own strongest support system. Your most important job is to take care of yourself.
Wearing an external fixator can be stressful. Keep these factors in mind while you’re going through the process:

  • Know that the discomfort associated with wearing an external fixator is usually mild.
  • Anticipate early mobility.
  • Keep a good attitude and a sense of humor.
  • Keep thinking about the vastly improved quality of life you will have at the end of your treatment.
  • Actively participate in your care.
  • Normal activities of daily living may be more time consuming so allow enough time for these activities to avoid frustration.
  • Keep active. Go to the movies, go out to eat, attend football and baseball games, and visit with family and friends.1
  • Keep your mind busy by reading books, listening to music, exercising, relaxing, crossword puzzles, etc.1

1Haines, Dale (Slim). The ILIZAROVTM & External Fixator Wearer’s Support Group. Clothing modifications, 1-2. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise, 1-2. Footwear, 1. ILIZAROV hints, tips and advice, 2, 4, 7. www.ILIZAROV.org.uk.

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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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