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Avoiding Complications in the Treatment of Pronation-External Rotation Ankle Fractures, Syndesmotic Injuries, and Talar Neck Fractures
Dolfi HerscoviciJr., DO1; Jeff O. Anglen, MD2; Michael Archdeacon, MD3; Lisa Cannada, MD4; Julia M. Scaduto, ARNP1
1 Florida Orthopaedic Institute, 13020 Telecom Parkway, Temple Terrace, FL 33673. E-mail address for D. Herscovici Jr.: fixbones@aol.com
2 Department of Orthopaedics, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN 46202
3 Department of Orthopaedics, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH 45267
4 Department of Orthopaedics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX 75390
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Printed with permission of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. This article, as well as other lectures presented at the Academy's Annual Meeting, will be available in February 2009 in Instructional Course Lectures, Volume 58. The complete volume can be ordered online at www.aaos.org, or by calling 800-626-6726 (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Central time).
Disclosure: The authors did not receive any outside funding or grants in support of their research for or preparation of this work. Neither they nor a member of their immediate families received payments or other benefits or a commitment or agreement to provide such benefits from a commercial entity. No commercial entity paid or directed, or agreed to pay or direct, any benefits to any research fund, foundation, division, center, clinical practice, or other charitable or nonprofit organization with which the authors, or a member of their immediate families, are affiliated or associated.
An Instructional Course Lecture, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2008 Apr 01;90(4):898-908
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Look for this and other related articles in Instructional Course Lectures, Volume 58, which will be published by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in February 2009:"Avoiding Complications in Fracture Care of the Tibia," by Lisa K. Cannada, MD, Dolfi Herscovici Jr., DO, Robert F. Ostrum, MD, Jeffrey O. Anglen, MD, and Michael T. Archdeacon, MDFractures of the foot and ankle are common injuries. Many are successfully treated nonoperatively; however, some injuries require surgical intervention. To attain satisfactory results of such surgery, surgeons must pay attention to detail and understand common, avoidable complications. Despite what seems like a plethora of information and advice in the literature, ranging from Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses, seminars, and telecommunications, avoidable complications still occur because of a lack of appreciation of a few basic principles. Avoiding mistakes will improve the results achieved by restoring the anatomy and avoiding the need for additional surgery. This lecture outlines the pathological characteristics of three common injuries of the foot and ankle as well as the potential mistakes and the repair of those mistakes involved in the treatment of these injuries.
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