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Minimally invasive, no hardware subtalar arthrodesis with autogenous posterior iliac bone graft

Minimally invasive, no hardware subtalar arthrodesis with autogenous posterior iliac bone graft,10.1007/s11751-010-0081-0,Strategies in Trauma and Lim

Minimally invasive, no hardware subtalar arthrodesis with autogenous posterior iliac bone graft  
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Sixteen patients underwent minimally invasive subtalar arthrodesis through a mini-invasive approach with posterior iliac graft between 2004 and 2006. No hardware was used to transfix the arthrodesis and partial weight bearing was allowed immediately. The primary indication for surgery was the squeal of fracture os calcis in terms of subtalar joint arthritis, loss of heel height, malalignment of the hindfoot, and pain with weight bearing. There were 12 male and 4 female patients with a mean age of 30 (range 17–52). Patients were followed up for a period of 40.8 months (range 36–48 months). The mean interval from injury to fusion was 2 (+0.6) years ranging from 6 months to 6 years post fracture. The average clinical rating scale based on the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) improved from 36 preoperatively to 78 at the latest follow-up (P P P < 0.08). Complications were graft nonunion in 1 patient and transient tendoachilles tendinitis in another. This technique can be used to decrease the morbidity associated with the late complications of os calcis fractures by aligning the hindfoot, restoring the heel height and correcting calcaneal and talar inclination. It offers the advantage of early weight bearing while avoiding hardware complications.
Journal: Strategies in Trauma and Limb Reconstruction , vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 39-45, 2010
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