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No decay in subjective function found 10 years after surgery for unstable ankle fracture

from Orthopedics Today

A long-term follow-up of patients treated with open reduction and internal fixation for unstable ankle fracture showed no decrease in function over time when compared with self-reported results 1 year after fixation. "The results of our study demonstrate that the majority of patients are doing well over a decade after fracture fixation. Despite the presence of radiographic arthritis in 79 percent of patients, few experience pain or have restrictions of function," Deirdre Regan, BA, said at the Orthopaedic Trauma Association Annual Meeting. more

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