Author(s): van Dijk CN, Verhagen RA, Tol JL
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Abstract From 1990 to 1994 we undertook arthroscopy of the ankle on 34 consecutive patients with residual complaints following fracture. Two groups were compared prospectively. Group I comprised 18 patients with complaints which could be attributed clinically to anterior bony or soft-tissue impingement. In group II the complaints of the 16 patients were more diffuse and despite extensive investigation the definitive diagnosis was not clear before arthroscopy. At the time of the fracture, some osteophytes were already present in 41\% of the patients. These were related to previous supination trauma and participation in soccer. Arthroscopic treatment consisted of removal of the anteriorly located osteophytes and/or scar tissue. After two years, group I showed a significantly better score for patient satisfaction (p = 0.02). There were good or excellent results in group I in 76\% and group II in 43\%. Patients with residual complaints after an ankle fracture and clinical signs of anterior impingement may benefit from arthroscopic surgery. The place for diagnostic ankle arthroscopy is limited.
This article was published in J Bone Joint Surg Br
and referenced in Orthopedic & Muscular System: Current Research