By healing, one means the definitive resolution of the infected nidus. Surgical cleaning of the infected nidus is performed as well as lengthening of the farthermost part from the infection site, without bone grafting.
Everyone is familiar with the Brumel case (record man of the High Jump) who sustained a leg fracture which developed osteomyelitis. Brumel underwent numerous sequestrectomy operations that led to significant shortening of the limb.
Brumel then underwent treatment with the Ilizarov method; his osteomyelitis was healed and he obtained restoration of limb symmetry.