Temporary Internal Fixation for Ligamentous and Osseous Lisfranc Injuries: Outcome and Technical Tip

Abbasian, Mohammad Reza; Paradies, Felix Benjamin; Weber, Martin; Krause, Fabian (2015). Temporary Internal Fixation for Ligamentous and Osseous Lisfranc Injuries: Outcome and Technical Tip. Foot & ankle international, 36(8), pp. 976-983. Sage 10.1177/1071100715577787

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BACKGROUND Open rather than closed reduction and internal fixation as well as primary definitive arthrodesis are well accepted for ligamentous and osseous Lisfranc injuries. For ligamentous injuries, a better outcome after primary definitive partial arthrodesis has been published. METHODS Of 135 Lisfranc injuries that were treated from 1998 to 2012 with open reduction, temporary internal fixation by screws and plates, and restricted weight bearing in a lower leg cast for 3 months followed by an arch support for another 4 to 6 weeks, 29 ligamentous Lisfranc injuries were available for follow-up. They were compared with 29 osseous Lisfranc injuries matched in age and gender. RESULTS Between the groups, there were no significant differences in average age (39.9 vs 38 years) or in average follow-up time (8.3 vs 9.1 years). Also, no significant differences were seen in the AOFAS midfoot score (84 vs 85.3 points), the FFI pain scale (9.9 vs 14.9 points), SF 36 physical component (56.2 vs 53.9 points), SF 36 mental component (57 vs 56.4 points), or VAS for pain (1.6 vs 1.5 points). The FFI function scale was significantly lower in the ligamentous group (11.6 vs 19.5 points). Radiographically, loss of reduction was recorded 3 times in the ligamentous injuries and 4 times in the osseous injuries. Arthritis was mild/moderate/severe in 5/3/0 ligamentous injuries and in 7/2/1 osseous injuries, requiring 1 definitive secondary Lisfranc arthrodesis in each group. CONCLUSION With longer and conservative postoperative management, open reduction and temporary internal fixation in ligamentous and osseous Lisfranc injuries led to equal medium-term outcome. Inferior outcome in ligamentous injuries was not found. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE Level III, retrospective comparative cohort study.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Orthopaedic, Plastic and Hand Surgery (DOPH) > Clinic of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Paradies, Felix Benjamin and Krause, Fabian


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Fabian Röthlisberger

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22 Mar 2016 10:22

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22 Mar 2016 12:38

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Lisfranc injury; internal fixation; ligamentous; osseous





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