basic techniques in extremity reconstruction

Çakmak M. (Editor), Şen C. (Editor), Eralp L. (Editor), Balcı H. İ. (Editor), Civan M. (Editor)

Springer, London/Berlin , Chur, 2018

  • Publication Type: Book / Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Publisher: Springer, London/Berlin 
  • City: Chur
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


 Turkey sits at the crossroads of the East and West, between Asia and Europe.

The Ilizarov technique is a product of technology that developed in Asia and

migrated to Europe. It is therefore only fitting that a major work on the

Ilizarov method be compiled by the person who introduced the Ilizarov

method to Turkey. I first met Professor Mehmet Çakmak in 1992 in Pakistan

when we were both visiting professors. Professor Ilizarov had just died so

that this was a solemn occasion for our first meeting. I had the privilege to be

Dr. Mehmet Çakmak’s guest in Turkey. He has remained the first pioneer of

this method in Turkey and has stimulated many of his residents to pursue this

field of study. One of his most promising disciples is Dr. Mehmet Kocaoglu

who was my first Turkish fellow. It is through this friendship and collegiality

that a great cooperation has remained between myself and the Turkish orthopedic

specialists in this field. This cross-fertilization has spawned innovation

from across the Bosporus that has contributed significantly to the world

knowledge on all aspects of Ilizarov technology including limb lengthening,

deformity correction, treatment of nonunions, bone defects, and osteomyelitis

and the understanding and management of the complications of such complex

treatments. I wish to congratulate Professor Mehmet Çakmak and his

many coeditors and authors for this significant achievement, which stands as

another monument to Professor Ilizarov’s revolution in orthopedics more

than 30 years since his methodology was introduced to the West. The reader

will find this tome a great reference source to the most up-to-date understanding

and techniques associated with the Ilizarov method and device.

Florida, USA Dror Paley, MD, FRCSC