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Ankle arthrodesis

Nicola Krähenbühl, Lukas Zwicky, Lilianna Bolliger, Sabine Schädelin, Beat Hintermann, Markus Knupp
BACKGROUND: Good clinical and radiographic short-term results have been reported for patients who underwent realignment surgery of the hindfoot for treatment of early- and mid-stage ankle osteoarthrosis (OA). However, no mid- to long-term results have been reported. The aim of this study was to gain a better insight into the indications and contraindications for realignment surgery. METHODS: Two hundred ninety-four patients (298 ankles) underwent realignment surgery between December 1999 and June 2013...
October 10, 2016: Foot & Ankle International
Nathanael Heckmann, Alexander Bradley, Lakshmanan Sivasundaram, Ram Kiran Alluri, Eric W Tan
BACKGROUND: Several studies have examined the effect of insurance on the management of various orthopedic conditions. The purpose of our study was to assess the effect of insurance and other demographic factors on the operative management of tibiotalar osteoarthritis. METHODS: The National Inpatient Sample (NIS) database was used to identify patients who underwent a total ankle arthroplasty (TAA) or tibiotalar arthrodesis (TTA) for tibiotalar osteoarthritis. Insurance status was identified for each patient, and the proportions of each insurance type were computed for each operative modality...
October 18, 2016: Foot & Ankle International
Kun Zhang, Yanxi Chen, Minfei Qiang, Yini Hao
Single, double, and triple hindfoot arthrodeses are used to correct hindfoot deformities and relieve chronic pain. However, joint fusion may lead to dysfunction in adjacent articular surfaces. We compared range of motion in adjacent joints before and after arthrodesis to determine the effects of each procedure on joint motion. The theory of moment of couple, bending moment and balanced loading was applied to each of 16 fresh cadaver feet to induce dorsiflexion, plantarflexion, internal rotation, external rotation, inversion, and eversion...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hyun Jung Kim, Dong Hun Suh, Jae Hyuk Yang, Jin Woo Lee, Hak Jun Kim, Hyeong Sik Ahn, Seung Woo Han, Gi Won Choi
PURPOSE: Total ankle arthroplasty (TAA) and ankle arthrodesis (AA) are the main surgical treatment options for end-stage ankle arthritis. Although the superiority of each modality remains debated, there remains a lack of high-quality evidence-based studies, such as randomized controlled clinical trials, and meta-analyses of comparative studies. We performed a meta-analysis of comparative studies to determine whether there is a significant difference between these two procedures in terms of (i) clinical scores and patient satisfaction, (ii) re-operations, and (iii) complications...
October 7, 2016: International Orthopaedics
James Richman, Adam Cota, Steven Weinfeld
BACKGROUND: Surgical strategies to address deformities of the ankle and hindfoot in patients with Charcot arthropathy include the use of retrograde intramedullary nails and ring fixators. The literature has not shown superiority of one technique over the other. This study presents a single surgeon's case series of Charcot arthropathy patients treated with either a ring fixator or retrograde intramedullary nail to achieve tibiotalocalcaneal arthrodesis. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of 27 consecutive patients with Charcot arthropathy who underwent a tibiotalocalcaneal arthrodesis using either a retrograde intramedullary (IM) nail (n = 16 patients) or a ring fixator (RF) (n = 11 patients) by a single surgeon...
October 2, 2016: Foot & Ankle International
A Salandy, K Malhotra, A J Goldberg, N Cullen, D Singh
AIMS: Smoking is associated with post-operative complications but smokers often under-report the amount they smoke. Our objective was to determine whether a urine dipstick test could be used as a substitute for quantitative cotinine assays to determine smoking status in patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between September 2013 and July 2014 we conducted a prospective cohort study in which 127 consecutive patients undergoing a planned foot and ankle arthrodesis or osteotomy were included...
October 2016: Bone & Joint Journal
J W Brodsky, J M Kane, S Coleman, J Bariteau, S Tenenbaum
AIMS: The surgical management of ankle arthritis with tibiotalar arthrodesis is known to alter gait, as compared with normal ankles. The purpose of this study was to assess post-operative gait function with gait before arthrodesis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We prospectively studied 20 patients who underwent three-dimensional gait analysis before and after tibiotalar arthrodesis. Cadence, step length, walking velocity and total support time were assessed. Kinetic parameters, including the moment and power of the ankle in the sagittal plane and hip power were also recorded...
October 2016: Bone & Joint Journal
Ewout S Veltman, Ernst Ja Steller, Philippe Wittich, Jort Keizer
A case of complicated lateral subtalar dislocation is presented and the literature concerning this injury is reviewed. Subtalar joint dislocations are rare and often the result of a high-energy trauma. Complications include avascular necrosis of the talus, infection, posttraumatic osteoarthritis requiring arthrodesis and chronic subtalar instability. Negative prognostic factors include lateral and complicated dislocations, total talar extrusions, and associated fractures. A literature search was performed to identify studies describing outcome after lateral subtalar joint dislocation...
September 18, 2016: World Journal of Orthopedics
Shirley Chen, Adam Fleischer, Craig Wirt, Richmond Robinson, Carolina Barbosa, Arezou Amidi, Robert Joseph
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine whether some foot/ankle surgeries would benefit from routine use of low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) as postoperative DVT prophylaxis. METHODS: We conducted a formal cost-effectiveness analysis using a decision analytic tree to represent the risk of complications under a scenario of no prophylaxis and a scenario of routine LMWH prophylaxis for 4 weeks. The two scenarios were compared for five procedures: 1) Achilles tendon repair (ATR), 2) total ankle replacement (TAR), 3) hallux valgus surgery (HVS), 4) hindfoot arthrodesis (HA), and 5) ankle fracture surgery (AFS)...
September 2016: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Stephen J Kriger, Shontal A Behan, Parth J Bhakta, Nicholas G Bruning, Brennan A Menninger, Mark C Razzante
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Due to its inert character and desired biocompatibility, titanium (Ti) implants have been universally accepted as safer alternatives to the previous conventional orthopedic hardware implants. However, a recent emergence of Type IV hypersensitivity reactions to Ti have displayed symptoms that include eczema, contact dermatitis, prolonged fever, sterile osteomyelitis, and impaired fracture and wound healing. The following case presents a patient with postoperative incision dehiscence and devascularization of cortical surfaces in contact with Ti hardware after undergoing a medial displacement calcaneal osteotomy and a first metatarsal-cuneiform arthrodesis...
September 2016: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Justin D Orr, John C Dunn, Kenneth A Heida, Nicholas A Kusnezov, Brian R Waterman, Philip J Belmont
INTRODUCTION: Structural fresh osteochondral allograft transfer is an appropriate treatment option for large osteochondral lesions of the talus (OLTs), specifically lesions involving the shoulder of the talus. Sparse literature exists regarding functional outcome following this surgery in high-demand populations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Over a 2-year period, a single surgeon performed 8 structural allograft transfers for treatment of large OLTs in an active duty US military population...
September 13, 2016: Foot & Ankle Specialist
Anders Henricson, Ilka Kamrad, Björn Rosengren, Åke Carlsson
Bilateral ankle arthrodesis is seldom performed, and results concerning the outcome and satisfaction can only sparsely be found in published studies. We analyzed the data from 35 patients who had undergone bilateral ankle arthrodesis in the Swedish Ankle Registry using patient-reported generic and region-specific outcome measures. Of 36 talocrural arthrodeses and 34 tibio-talar-calcaneal arthrodeses, 6 ankles (9%) had undergone repeat arthrodesis because of nonunion. After a mean follow-up period of 47 ± 5 (range 12 to 194) months, the mean scores were as follows: self-reported foot and ankle score, 33 ± 10 (range 4 to 48); the EuroQol Group's EQ-5D(™) score, 0...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
M Tyrrell Burrus, Brian C Werner, James B Carr, Venkat Perumal, Joseph S Park
For rigid pes planovalgus deformities, modified double and triple arthrodeses have had high union rates and subjective outcomes reported. Increased rates of talonavicular nonunions after modified double arthrodesis have led to concern regarding this procedure. A retrospective medical record review was performed of patients who had undergone either a modified double (n = 9) or triple (n = 7) arthrodesis for stage 3 pes planovalgus deformity. Radiographs were reviewed for hindfoot alignment, bony union, and hardware failure...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Brian Dix, Lisa Grant-McDonald, Alan Catanzariti, Karl Saltrick
: This is a retrospective study (n = 39) evaluating the postoperative outcomes of patients with mild to moderate preoperative anemia who underwent a hindfoot and/or ankle arthrodesis. In the study, 32 patients did not have preoperative anemia, and 7 had preoperative anemia. Mortality, length of hospital stay, blood transfusions, deep-vein thrombosis, infection, time to union, malunion, delayed union, nonunion, and ulceration were of particular interest. Comparative analyses between patients with preoperative anemia and those without were performed utilizing the independent samples t-test or by the nonparametric Mann-Whitney U-test...
September 9, 2016: Foot & Ankle Specialist
Jeffrey E McAlister, Christopher F Hyer, Trevor E Black
: First metatarsophalangeal joint arthritis can stem from a biomechanical imbalance as in hallux abducto valgus, metabolic arthritidies such as rheumatoid or gout, and even in posttraumatic cases. Advanced arthritis in the foot and ankle can often become debilitating. Surgical intervention is often necessary. Revision of failed first metatarsophalangeal joint arthroplasty is often in the setting of bony erosion and lysis, cystic changes, and loss of bone stock. In this article, we describe first metatarsophalangeal distraction arthrodesis technique using tricortical calcaneus autograft with the aim of simplifying donor site graft harvesting and decreasing donor site morbidity while attaining successful osseous union...
September 9, 2016: Foot & Ankle Specialist
Peter Van Steyn, Michael Romash
We report a case using retrograde tibial nailing as treatment of nonunion of a distal tibial osteotomy, which was performed as part of a complex reconstruction of distal tibial malunion with ankle arthritis. Although retrograde nailing has classically been used for tibial-talar-calcaneal arthrodesis, this method spares the subtalar joint. Preservation of some hindfoot motion by subtalar mobility allows for a decrease in the loss of function typically seen with tibial-talar-calcaneal arthrodesis.
September 6, 2016: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Alexandra I Stavrakis, Nelson F SooHoo
BACKGROUND: This study provides an updated comparison of the reoperation rates following primary ankle arthrodesis and total ankle replacement on the basis of observational, population-based data from California. We previously reported data from 1995 to 2004, and our current study includes new data from 2005 to 2010. Our hypothesis was that total ankle replacement would demonstrate increasing utilization and lower complication rates given advances in implant design and growth in surgeon experience...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
Andrew J Goldberg, Razi Zaidi, Claire Thomson, Caroline J Doré, Simon S Skene, Suzie Cro, Jeff Round, Andrew Molloy, Mark Davies, Michael Karski, Louise Kim, Paul Cooke
INTRODUCTION: Total ankle replacement (TAR) or ankle arthrodesis (fusion) is the main surgical treatments for end-stage ankle osteoarthritis (OA). The popularity of ankle replacement is increasing while ankle fusion rates remain static. Both treatments have efficacy but to date all studies comparing the 2 have been observational without randomisation, and there are no published guidelines as to the most appropriate management. The TAR versus arthrodesis (TARVA) trial aims to compare the clinical and cost-effectiveness of TAR against ankle arthrodesis in the treatment of end-stage ankle OA in patients aged 50-85 years...
September 6, 2016: BMJ Open
Byron Hutchinson
Arthroscopic ankle arthrodesis is a cost-effective option for many patients with posttraumatic arthritis of the ankle joint. Rehabilitation is generally quicker than conventional open techniques, and rates of fusion are comparable or better than traditional open techniques. Unless the arthroscopic surgeon has considerable experience, the best results are seen in patients with very little deformity in the ankle joint.
October 2016: Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Christopher L Reeves, Amber M Shane, Trevor Payne, Zac Cavins
Arthroscopy has advanced in the foot and ankle realm, leading to new innovative techniques designed toward treatment of small joint abnormality. A range of abnormalities that are currently widespread for arthroscopic treatment in larger joints continues to be translated to congruent modalities in the small joints. Small joint arthroscopy offers relief from foot ailments with a noninvasive element afforded by arthroscopy. Early studies have found comparable results from arthroscopic soft tissue procedures as well as arthrodesis of the small joints when compared with the standard open approach...
October 2016: Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
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