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Use of a Flexible Implant and Bioabsorbable Anchor for Deltoid Rupture Repair in Bimalleolar Equivalent Weber B Ankle Fractures

Published:August 14, 2014DOI:https://doi.org/10.1053/j.jfas.2014.06.025

      Abstract

      Supination external rotation ankle fractures are the most common ankle fracture subtype. Deltoid ligament injuries have often been associated with this type of injury pattern. A missed injury can lead to post-traumatic arthritis and persistent pain. The current data do not support acute deltoid rupture repair. This has been based primarily on level III and IV studies in which less than satisfactory results were reported. We believe that acute deltoid rupture repair could be indicated in select cases. We have outlined a new deltoid repair technique for use with bimalleolar, equivalent supination external rotation ankle fractures using a flexible implant and bioabsorbable anchor.

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