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John Morellato, Hakim Louati, Andrew Bodrogi, Andrew Stewart, Steven Papp, Allan Liew, Wade Gofton
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: There have been no studies assessing the optimal biomechanical tension of suture button constructs. The purpose of this study was to assess optimal tensioning of suture button fixation and its ability to maintain reduction under loaded conditions using a stress computed tomography (CT) model. METHODS: Ten cadaveric lower limbs disarticulated at the knee were used. The limbs were placed in a modified ankle load frame that allowed for the application of sustained torsional axial, or combined torsional/axial loads...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Marie-Lyne Nault, Melissa Marien, Jonah Hébert-Davies, G Yves Laflamme, Vincent Pelsser, Dominique M Rouleau, Nayla Gosselin-Papadopoulos, Stéphane Leduc
BACKGROUND: Despite the common occurrence of syndesmotic injuries in ankle trauma, the distal tibiofibular relationship remains poorly understood. The aim of this study was to evaluate the anatomical impact of ankle sagittal positioning on the tibiofibular relationship in intact ankles by using a validated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based measurement system. METHODS: In this radiologic study, 34 healthy volunteers underwent a series of ankle MRIs with the ankle stabilized in 3 positions: neutral position (NP), dorsiflexion (DF), and plantarflexion (PF)...
October 12, 2016: Foot & Ankle International
Jason M Schon, Brady T Williams, Melanie B Venderley, Grant J Dornan, Jonathon D Backus, Travis Lee Turnbull, Robert F LaPrade, Thomas O Clanton
BACKGROUND: Historically, syndesmosis injuries have been repaired with screw fixation; however, some suggest that suture-button constructs may provide a more accurate anatomic and physiologic reduction. The purpose of this study was to compare changes in the volume of the syndesmotic space following screw or suture-button fixation using a preinjury and postoperative 3-D computed tomography (CT) model. The null hypothesis was that no difference would be observed among repair techniques...
October 12, 2016: Foot & Ankle International
Fabian Wong, Rebecca Mills, Nadeem Mushtaq, Roland Walker, Samrendu K Singh, Ali Abbasian
INTRODUCTION: Various methods using CT scan have been described to diagnose distal tibiofibular syndesmotic injuries. However, CT scan does not take into account the amount of cartilage within the distal tibiofibular joint and could therefore lead to false positive results. We present the first study correlating the findings of the distal tibiofibular syndesmosis on CT and MRI scans. METHODS: CT and MRI scan of consecutive patients over a period of 18 months, and of a time lapsed less than 12 months between the two imaging modalities, were reviewed...
June 23, 2016: Foot
Thomas O Clanton, Brady T Williams, Jonathon D Backus, Grant J Dornan, Daniel J Liechti, Scott R Whitlow, Adriana J Saroki, Travis Lee Turnbull, Robert F LaPrade
BACKGROUND: Biomechanical data and contributions to ankle joint stability have been previously reported for the individual distal tibiofibular ligaments. These results have not yet been validated based on recent anatomic descriptions or using current biomechanical testing devices. METHODS: Eight matched-pair, lower leg specimens were tested using a dynamic, biaxial testing machine. The proximal tibiofibular joint and the medial and lateral ankle ligaments were left intact...
September 28, 2016: Foot & Ankle International
Thomas O Clanton, Scott R Whitlow, Brady T Williams, Daniel J Liechti, Jonathon D Backus, Grant J Dornan, Adriana J Saroki, Travis Lee Turnbull, Robert F LaPrade
BACKGROUND: Significant debate exists regarding optimal repair for unstable syndesmosis injuries. Techniques range from screw fixation, suture-button fixation, or a combination of the two. In this study, 3 common repairs were compared using a simulated weightbearing protocol with internal and external rotation of the foot. METHODS: Twenty-four lower leg specimens with mean age 54 years (range, 38-68 years) were used for testing. Following creation of a complete syndesmotic injury (AITFL, ITFL, PITFL, interosseous membrane), specimens were repaired using 1 of 3 randomly assigned techniques: (1) one 3...
September 25, 2016: Foot & Ankle International
Jiri Marvan, Valer Dzupa, Martin Krbec, Jiri Skala-Rosenbaum, Radek Bartoska, David Kachlik, Vaclav Baca
INTRODUCTION: Ankle fractures comprise a highly morphologically and etiologically diverse group of injuries, which includes various degrees of impairment of bone and ligamentous structures. The complete synostosis and incomplete bony bridging of tibiofibular syndesmosis are among the local late complications after surgically treated ankle fractures. PATIENTS AND METHOD: 269 patients were evaluated, including 203 patients with Weber type-B fractures, and 66 patients with Weber type-C fractures...
September 7, 2016: Injury
A Jubel, C Faymonville, J Andermahr, S Boxberg, G Schiffer
Background: Ankle fractures are extremely common in the elderly, with an incidence of up to 39 fractures per 100,000 persons per year. We found a discrepancy between intraoperative findings and preoperative X-ray findings. It was suggested that many relevant lesions of the ankle joint in the elderly cannot be detected with plain X-rays. Methods: Complete data sets and preoperative X-rays of 84 patients aged above 60 years with ankle fractures were analysed retrospectively. There were 59 women and 25 men, with a mean age of 69...
September 19, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
Tom Jan Gieroba, Zachary Munn, Peter J Cundy, Nathan Eardley-Harris
The objective of this review is to compare the effectiveness of three fixation methods for acute injuries of the ankle syndesmosis - metal screw fixation, bioabsorbable screw fixation and suture button fixation.The reviewers seek to critically evaluate the available evidence to provide an evidence-based appraisal of the comparative safety and efficacy of the treatment strategies.
August 2016: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
Paul J Switaj, Daniel Fuchs, Mohammed Alshouli, Avinash G Patwardhan, Leonard I Voronov, Muturi Muriuki, Robert M Havey, Anish R Kadakia
BACKGROUND: A lateral approach with open reduction and internal fixation with a plate is a very effective technique for the majority of distal fibular fractures. However, this open approach for ankle fixation may be complicated by wound dehiscence and infection, especially in high-risk patients. An alternative to plating is an intramedullary implant, which allows maintenance of length, alignment, and rotation and which allows for decreased soft tissue dissection. While there has been clinical data suggesting favorable short-term outcomes with these implants, there is no current biomechanical literature investigating this technology in this particular fracture pattern...
2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
Marie-Lyne Nault, Laurence Gascon, Jonah Hébert-Davies, Stéphane Leduc, G Yves Laflamme, Dennis Kramer
BACKGROUND: The hypothesis of this study is that a sprain or tear of 1 or more of the 3 syndesmotic ligaments will result in a significant change in the osseous anatomy relationship when comparing injured to uninjured syndesmosis. Our secondary objective was to determine whether injuries to the syndesmosis as diagnosed on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could be found using static imaging. METHODS: This is a descriptive radiological study of ankle MRI reports over a 12-year period, from 2 different institutions, and divided in two groups: normal and injured syndesmotic ligaments...
September 13, 2016: Foot & Ankle Specialist
Douglas E Lucas, B Collier Watson, G Alex Simpson, Gregory C Berlet, Christopher F Hyer
: Ankle fractures are a common injury treated by orthopaedic surgeons. The distal tibiofibular syndesmosis can be injured during these fractures as well as in isolation. They pose a significant challenge with regard to the diagnosis of instability as well as evaluating reduction after fixation. Multiple studies have demonstrated that traditional radiographic analysis fails to accurately identify syndesmotic diastasis, instability, or malreduction. Ankle arthroscopy has been proposed as an alternative way to evaluate the syndesmosis...
September 9, 2016: Foot & Ankle Specialist
Kaitlin C Neary, Matthew A Mormino, Hongmei Wang
BACKGROUND: In stress-positive, unstable supination-external rotation type 4 (SER IV) ankle fractures, implant selection for syndesmotic fixation is a debated topic. Among the available syndesmotic fixation methods, the metallic screw and the suture button have been routinely compared in the literature. In addition to strength of fixation and ability to anatomically restore the syndesmosis, costs associated with implant use have recently been called into question. PURPOSE: This study aimed to examine the cost-effectiveness of the suture button and determine whether suture button fixation is more cost-effective than two 3...
September 6, 2016: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Ronald G Ray
There are a number of variations in the intra-articular anatomy of the ankle which should not be considered pathological under all circumstances. The anteromedial corner of the tibial plafond (between the anterior edge of the tibial plafond and the medial malleolus) can have a notch, void of cartilage and bone. This area can appear degenerative arthroscopically; it is actually a normal variant of the articular surface. The anterior inferior tibiofibular ligament (AITF) can possess a lower, accessory band which can impinge on the anterolateral edge of the talar dome...
October 2016: Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
S Steinmetz, B Puliero, D Brinkert, N Meyer, P Adam, F Bonnomet, M Ehlinger
INTRODUCTION: Tibiofemoral syndesmosis injuries are common but have not been extensively researched. The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the outcomes after temporary screw fixation with ligament repair of these injuries. The secondary objective was to look for factors that could impact these outcomes. We hypothesised that this double fixation (screw+suture) would lead to good outcomes with minimal secondary opening of the syndesmosis upon screw removal. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This was a retrospective study of 285 patients with a tibiofemoral syndesmosis injury (01/2004-12/2011) who were treated by temporary tricortical or quadricortical screw fixation and ligament repair...
September 1, 2016: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
M Bondi, N Rossi, A Pizzoli, L Renzi Brivio
PURPOSE: Ten percentage of all ankle fractures sustain an associated syndesmotic injury. TightRope is a relatively new technique for syndesmosis fixation, characterized by a non-absorbable FibreWire held tight between two cortical metal buttons. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the results obtained with the use of this device. METHODS: From January 2011 to December 2015, 54 patients with ankle diastases were treated. Eighteen patients were excluded from the study...
August 27, 2016: Musculoskeletal Surgery
Christopher W Reb, Christopher F Hyer, Christy L Collins, Corey M Fidler, B Collier Watson, Gregory C Berlet
BACKGROUND: The "tibiofibular line" is a new axial computed tomography parameter for assessing syndesmosis reduction, which references the flat anterolateral surface of the fibula and anterolateral tibial tubercle. These same bony landmarks are easily visualized via a lateral approach to the fibula. This cadaveric study assessed the practical aspects of measuring the tibiofibular line intraoperatively. METHODS: Three observers simulated the tibiofibular line using operative rulers in 3 measurement series utilizing 10 cadaveric specimens: intact syndesmosis, syndesmosis reduction, and fixation after application of lateral plate and screws to the fibula, and post syndesmosis reduction and fixation without plate and screws...
August 16, 2016: Foot & Ankle International
Kalpesh R Vaghela, Hans Clement, Lee Parker
BACKGROUND: Open surgical access to the postero-lateral talar dome for the treatment of osteochondral lesions is challenging, often requiring a segmental osteotomy of the fibula (fibular window) and division of the anterior inferior tibiofibular ligament (AITFL) or a fibular osteotomy with division of the AITFL and the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) (fibular door). Alternatively, to preserve the tibiofibular syndesmosis both the fibula and the lateral tibial plafond can be osteotomised to expose the entire lateral talar dome...
September 2016: Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Journal of the European Society of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Tun Hing Lui
Chronic distal tibiofibular syndesmosis disruption can be managed by endoscopic arthrodesis of the syndesmosis. This is performed through the proximal anterolateral and posterolateral portals. The scar tissue and bone block are resected to facilitate the subsequent reduction of the syndesmosis. The reduction of the syndesmosis can be guided either arthroscopically or endoscopically. The tibial and fibular surfaces of the tibiofibular overlap can be microfractured to facilitate subsequent fusion.
April 2016: Arthroscopy Techniques
William W Schairer, Benedict U Nwachukwu, David M Dare, Mark C Drakos
Standalone open reduction-internal fixation (ORIF) of unstable ankle fractures is the current standard of care. Intraoperative stress radiographs are useful for assessing the extent of ligamentous disruption, but arthroscopic visualization has been shown to be more accurate. Concomitant arthroscopy at the time of ankle fracture ORIF is useful for accurately diagnosing and managing syndesmotic and deltoid ligament injuries. The arthroscopic ankle drive-through sign is characterized by the ability to pass a 2...
April 2016: Arthroscopy Techniques
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