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Arthroscopic Assistance in Distal Tibial Intra-articular Fractures

Pellegrini Pucci, Manuel J. MD*; Carreño Brito, Francisco MD; Henríquez Sazo, Hugo MD; Bastias Soto, Christian MD§; Carcuro Urresti, Giovanni MD

Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery: September 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 3 - p 153–157
doi: 10.1097/BTF.0b013e31829f0f94

We describe the surgical technique, assessment, and complications in patients undergoing arthroscopic reduction and internal fixation for distal tibial intra-articular fractures. Between December 2005 and September 2010, 8 patients underwent surgery. Mean follow-up time was 44 months (range, 8 to 65 mo). Mean age was 44 years (range, 35 to 65 y); 7 patients were male. AO classification was 4.3.C.1 in 3 patients and 4.3.C.3 in 5. Anatomic reduction was successfully achieved in all patients. Consolidation time was between 3 and 6 months for all cases. During follow-up, no loss of reduction was identified by x-ray. One patient suffered regional complex pain syndrome. One patient presented osteoarthritis at 48-month follow-up. In the late follow-up, 1 patient presented chronic osteomyelitis of distal tibia. At final follow-up, AOFAS hindfoot median score was 75 and abbreviated SF 36 median scores were 59 and 77 for the physical and mental components, respectively. In selected patients, arthroscopic assistance may aid in the reduction of distal tibia fractures by allowing direct control of the articular surface and may obtain better results than radioscopic control alone.

Resident Instituto Traumatológico de Santiago

*Hospital Clínico Universidad de Chile

Universidad de Chile

§Mutual Chilena de Seguridad, Clinica Santa Maria

Foot and Ankle Division, Instituto Traumatologico de Santiago, Clinica Las Condes, Santiago de Chile, Chile

One or more of the authors have received money for travel to congresses from Synthes Chile, as detailed in the disclosure form.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Giovanni Carcuro Urresti, MD, San Martín 771, Santiago de Chile 8340220, Chile. E-mail:

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