Disclosures The authors stated that they have no interests which might be perceived as posing a conflict or bias.
Delayed open reduction and internal fixation of a neglected fracture dislocation of the ankle
Version of Record online: 22 MAR 2007
International Journal of Clinical Practice
Volume 61, Issue 4, pages 594–595, April 2007
How to Cite
Khan, W. S., Malik, A. A., Agarwal, M. and Dalal, R. (2007), Delayed open reduction and internal fixation of a neglected fracture dislocation of the ankle. International Journal of Clinical Practice, 61: 594–595. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-1241.2006.00893.x
- Issue online: 22 MAR 2007
- Version of Record online: 22 MAR 2007
- Paper received January 2006, accepted February 2006
- Neglected ankle fractures;
- ankle fracture dislocation;
- open reduction and internal fixation;
- delayed fixation
Neglected fracture dislocations of ankle are rare in western countries. Failure to achieve anatomic reduction is associated with a poor prognosis. We present a case of a patient with a neglected Weber B fracture of the fibula with postero-lateral subluxation of the ankle. In theatre, the subluxation could not be reduced, and a posterior and lateral soft tissue release was performed. Granulation tissue was removed from the medial gutter. The fibular fracture was reduced and fixed with a six-hole dynamic compression plate. Post-operative radiographs was satisfactory and the patient was followed up for 12 months with full range of movement and function of the joint. In our case, correction was not obtained by osteotomy of the lateral malleolus alone, and medial and posterior soft tissue release was required. This was due to disruption of the deltoid ligament and posterior tibiofibular ligament and the associated scar tissue. Previous studies have shown that, if anatomic reduction is achieved, results with delayed surgery can be as good as those obtained with immediate surgery. Surgically correcting an old fracture dislocation is a difficult undertaking due to soft-tissue contractures and malunited fractures. It is important to preserve as much soft tissue attachments and periosteum to prevent avascular necrosis.