Primary internal fixation and soft-tissue reconstruction in the treatment for an open Lisfranc fracture-dislocation.

I. Sanli, J.P. Hermus, M. Poeze

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The importance of anatomical reduction for improved outcome has been recognised in the management of Lisfranc injuries. Operative fixation is indicated in case of dislocation or unstable ligamentous injury, because discongruity of the Lisfranc joint can lead to deleterious functional outcome. Screws are the recommended method of fixation of the medial en middle column, and K-wires are used for stabilisation of the unstable lateral column. Primary arthrodesis can provide advantages in pure ligamentous injury. In the management of complex open Lisfranc fractures, external fixation with K-wires can be used, but often results in a high percentage of arc deformities and functional limitations. In recent years, there is a progressive change from external to internal fixation in primary stabilisation of open fractures. This case report describes the treatment for a grade III open Lisfranc fracture-dislocation by use of primary internal fixation and soft-tissue reconstruction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-62
JournalMusculoskeletal surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

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