Functional Outcomes of Unstable Ankle Fractures With and Without Syndesmotic Fixation in the Adolescent Population
Journal of Children's Orthopaedics
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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to compare functional outcomes of adolescents with and without ankle syndesmotic injuries and identify predictors of functional outcome after operative ankle fractures. Methods: A retrospective review was conducted on operative adolescent ankle fractures treated between 2009 and 2019 with a minimum of one-year follow-up (mean 4.35 years). Patients who underwent syndesmotic fixation (SF) (n = 48) were compared with operative ankle fractures without syndesmotic injury (n = 63). Functional outcomes were assessed using standardized questionnaires, specifically the Foot and Ankle Ability Measure (FAAM) and Single Assessment Numerical Evaluation. Results: There were no differences in patient-reported outcomes, rates of return to sport or complications between groups with and without SF. The SF group had a longer tourniquet time (p = 0.04), duration of non-weight-bearing (p = 0.01), more Weber C fibula fractures (p...) (See full abstract in article).
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Paez, C. J.,
Lurie, B. M.,
Upasani, V. V.,
Pennock, A. T.
Functional Outcomes of Unstable Ankle Fractures With and Without Syndesmotic Fixation in the Adolescent Population.
Journal of Children's Orthopaedics, 15(4),