Achondroplasia is an autosomal dominant hereditary disease caused by a deformation in the gene.
The Ilizarov device was constructed back in the mid-twentieth century by Professor Gavriil Ilizarov in the city of Kurgan (Russia). This device is still successfully used for skeletal traction of the lower limbs in parallel with various treatment methods. Vitaliy Veklich improved the original model in order to increase its reliability and safety of use.
During this time, many successful operations were performed using the modification of the apparatus created by Dr. Veklich. As for today, the treatment of achondroplasia consists of three stages of traction during two different periods of development of children. Each stage lasts about five months and there is a three-month break between them. Doctors from around the world hope that this method will open up new possibilities for the treatment of achondroplasia.