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Ankle arthroscopy complications prevented with dorsiflexion, 2-portal hindfoot approach

from Orthopedics Today

Use of the dorsiflexion method and the two-portal hindfoot approach prevented a significant number of complications in patients undergoing anterior ankle and posterior ankle arthroscopy, according to this study. Between 1987 and 2006, 1,176 patients with a mean age of 33 years underwent 1,305 ankle arthroscopies at the University Hospital of the University of Amsterdam. A two-portal dorsiflexion method with intermittent soft tissue distraction was used during anterior ankle arthroscopy, and a two-portal hindfoot approach was used for posterior ankle arthroscopy. Patients who experienced complications underwent clinical examination and assessment of permanent damage and persisting complaints. more

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