Patient Case History: Romano

Ankle distraction for treatment of post-traumatic arthritis

Pre-Op

Surgeon: S. Robert Rozbruch, MD
Romano developed painful ankle arthritis years after trauma. X-rays show loss of all cartilage but he had ankle motion that was worth preserving.

Limb Lengthening Case 75 preop: Ankle distraction for treatment of post-traumatic arthritis
Limb Lengthening Case 75 preop: Ankle distraction for treatment of post-traumatic arthritis

Post-Op

Romano underwent ankle distraction in 2006. The fixator created space in the ankle for cartilage regeneration and continued motion.

Limb Lengthening Case 75 postop: Ankle distraction for treatment of post-traumatic arthritis
Limb Lengthening Case 75 postop: Ankle distraction for treatment of post-traumatic arthritis
Limb Lengthening Case 75 postop: Ankle distraction for treatment of post-traumatic arthritis
Limb Lengthening Case 75 postop: Ankle distraction for treatment of post-traumatic arthritis

Follow-Up

Romano has significant improvement in his pain and joint space 6 years later. He has not required more surgery and is very satisfied with the outcome. He has maintained his ankle motion and has avoided ankle fusion or replacement.
Read Romano's story.

Limb Lengthening Case 75 followup: Ankle distraction for treatment of post-traumatic arthritis
Limb Lengthening Case 75 followup: Ankle distraction for treatment of post-traumatic arthritis
Limb Lengthening Case 75 followup: Ankle distraction for treatment of post-traumatic arthritis
Limb Lengthening Case 75 followup: Ankle distraction for treatment of post-traumatic arthritis


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