A radiographic investigation to determine the safety of suture anchor systems for pediatric modified Brostöm ankle ligament reconstruction

Kaushik Hazratwala, Alistair Best, Matthew Kopplin, Eric Giza, Martin Sullivan

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Abstract

Background: The modified Broström ligament reconstruction using anchor sutures has been performed in adults with clinical success; however, the safety parameters for the use of suture anchors in adolescent lateral ankle ligament reconstruction have not been established. Purpose: To perform a radiographic analysis comparing the depth of penetration of suture anchors in adult ankle ligament reconstruction with the average distance of the physis from the tip of the fibula in adolescents. Study Design: Cross-sectional study, Level of evidence, 4. Methods: Forty postoperative ankle radiographs of adult patients who had a modified Broström procedure were compared with 40 normal adolescent ankle radiographs. In the adult group, the distance of the suture anchor penetration from the distal tip of the fibula was measured; in the adolescent group, the distance of the physis from the distal tip of the fibula was measured. Results: The mean depth of the suture anchors was 17 mm (range, 14-21 mm) from the tip of the fibula in the adult group, and the mean distance of the growth plate was 23 mm (range, 18-29 mm) in the adolescent group. Eight radiographs from the adolescent group (20%) had a physis measurement of <22 mm on the anteroposterior or mortise view. Conclusions: Using careful preoperative planning and intraoperative technique, it is possible to safely perform lateral ankle ligament repair in the skeletally immature patient using suture anchors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)435-438
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Sports Medicine
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ankle ligament reconstruction
  • Modified Broström procedure
  • Pediatric ankle instability
  • Suture anchor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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