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  • Sasa Milenkovic,
  • Milan Mitkovic,
  • Milorad Mitkovic,
  • Marko Bumbasirevic ,
  • Vojislav Bumbasirevic
Sasa Milenkovic
University of Nis Faculty of Medicine
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Milan Mitkovic
Clinical Center Nis
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Milorad Mitkovic
University of Nis, Faculty of Medicine
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Marko Bumbasirevic
Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
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Vojislav Bumbasirevic
University Clinical Center of Serbia
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Objective Although it may have been criticized and questioned by numerous authors, external fixation holds its place in modern orthopaedics and traumatology. The aim of this paper is to show the applicability of the unilateral 3D external fixation in everyday practice. Methods For external fixation of the bones, we used unilateral 3D external fixators according to Mitkovic. Results In the Republic of Serbia, the Mitkovic unilateral 3D external fixation system has been used in over 30,000 cases. The indication field of applicability of this method is wide. External fixation method was mostly used for the treatment of open and closed tibial fractures at all levels, in open femoral fractures as a part of the “staging” protocol and in fractures of the upper limbs. We used external fixation for the treatment of nonunions, malunions, in the treatment of osteitis, septic pseudoarthrosis, angular knee deformities, post-traumatic deformities, for limb lengthening and in replantation surgery. Conclusion The unilateral external fixator enables 3D biomechanical stability and is suitable for use in everyday traumatology and orthopaedics practice.

Peer review status:ACCEPTED

24 Feb 2021Submitted to International Journal of Clinical Practice
26 Feb 2021Submission Checks Completed
26 Feb 2021Assigned to Editor
16 Apr 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
28 Apr 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
28 Apr 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
28 Apr 20211st Revision Received
30 Apr 2021Submission Checks Completed
30 Apr 2021Assigned to Editor
08 May 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
09 May 2021Editorial Decision: Accept