Auto strut: A novel smart robotic system for external fixation device for bone deformity correction, a preliminary experience

Roy Gigi, Jacob Mor, Inbar Lidor, Dror Ovadia, Eitan Segev

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Purpose: Several hexapod external fixators are used in the treatment of bone fracture and deformity corrections. One characteristic of all of them is the requirement for manual adjustment of the fixator struts. The purpose of this study was to introduce a novel robotic system that executes automatic adjustment of the struts. Methods: Ten patients were treated for various bone deformities using a hexapod external fixator with the Auto Strut system. This new system automatically adjusts the fixator struts according to a hexapod computer-assisted correction plan. During each visit, the progress of the correction was assessed (clinically and radiographically) and reading of the strut scale numbers was performed and compared with the original treatment plan. Results: All patients completed treatment during the follow-up period, achieving all planned correction goals, except from one patient who switched to manual struts due to personal preference. The device alarm system was activated once with no device-related adverse events. Duration of distraction ranged between ten and 90 days with a distraction index ranging between eight and 15 days/cm. Regenerate consolidation time between one and seven months. In total, 48 struts of eight patients were recorded and analyzed. In all, 94% of the final strut number readings presented a discrep ancy of 0 mm to 1 mm between planned and actual readings, indicating high precision of the automatic adjustment. Conclusion: This study presents preliminary results, showing that Auto Strut can successfully replace the manual strut adjustment providing important advantages that benefit the patient, the caregiver and the surgeon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-136
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Children's Orthopaedics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021


  • Automatic struts
  • Bone deformities
  • Hexapod external fixation
  • OrthoSpin


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