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Effect of lymphedema treatment for management of acute pilon fractures

from Healio

Pilon fractures are high-energy injuries, typically occurring from falls from height or motor vehicle collisions and commonly resulting in highly comminuted and complex fractures. As such, there is often substantial edema and compromise of the soft tissue envelope of the ankle. Patients who have suffered a length-unstable pilon fracture are routinely staged with an external fixator to stabilize the ankle until the surrounding soft tissue is amenable for surgery, generally between 10 days and 3 weeks. Coupled with delaying surgical intervention, posttraumatic edema also increases the risk of wound complications and postoperative infections. more

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