Original Research| Volume 56, ISSUE 6, P1158-1164, November 2017

Three-Dimensional Correction of Complex Ankle Deformities With Computer-Assisted Planning and Patient-Specific Surgical Guides


      Three-dimensional computer-assisted preoperative planning, combined with patient-specific surgical guides, has become an effective technique for treating complex extra- and intraarticular bone malunions by corrective osteotomy. The feasibility and accuracy of such a technique has not yet been evaluated for ankle deformities. Four surgical cases of varying complexity and location were selected for evaluation. Three-dimensional bone models of the affected and contralateral healthy lower limb were generated from computed tomography scans. The preoperative planning software permitted quantification of the deformity in 3 dimensions and subsequent simulation of reduction, yielding a precise surgical plan. Patient-specific surgical guides were designed, manufactured, and finally applied during surgery to reproduce the preoperative plan. Evaluation of the postoperative computed tomography scans indicated adequate reduction accuracy with residual translational and rotational errors of <3 mm and <6°, respectively. Two patients required revision surgery owing to anterior osseous impingement or delayed union of the osteotomy. All patients were satisfied with the postoperative course and were pain free at a mean follow-up period of 2.5 (range 1 to 4) years. These promising results require confirmation in a clinical study with a larger sample size.

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