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Limited Approaches to Calcaneal Fractures

  • Foot and Ankle Trauma (G Moloney, section editor)
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Purpose of Review

To review literature published in the last 3 years related to minimally invasive approaches to calcaneal fracture fixation.

Recent Findings

Numerous randomized control trials, cohort studies, and meta-analyses have been done in the last 3 years comparing surgical treatment of calcaneus fractures. These studies indicate minimally invasive procedures decrease wound complication rates and achieve similar radiographic and clinical outcomes to open reduction internal fixation. In comparing different surgical treatment methods to non-operative treatment, operative management has increased complication rates but may lead to better functional outcomes in certain patient populations.

Summary

Optimal treatment for displaced intra-articular calcaneus fractures continues to be debated. Current literature would suggest that the decision to operate be based on patient and fracture characteristics and surgeon capabilities. Minimally invasive techniques aim to improve patient reported outcomes and quality of life while decreasing complications and offer another option for surgeons in the treatment of displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures.

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Wagstrom, E.A., Downes, J.M. Limited Approaches to Calcaneal Fractures. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med 11, 485–494 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12178-018-9511-2

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