First Metatarsalphalangeal Joint Arthrodesis: A Retrospective Comparison of Two Methods of Fixation
M.A Rashid*, M Parnell, W.S Khan , A Khan
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2015
Issue: Suppl 2: M4
First Page: 480
Last Page: 482
Publisher ID: TOORTHJ-9-480
Article History:Received Date: 11/12/2014
Revision Received Date: 3/3/2015
Acceptance Date: 22/5/2015
Electronic publication date: 5/10/2015
Collection year: 2015
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First metatarsalphalangeal joint arthrodesis is a well established and successful treatment; however there still remains controversy over the best choice of construct. We performed a retrospective study of patients undergoing first metatarsalphalangeal fusion over eighteen months (n=52) using either dorsal non-locking plate with additional compression lag screw fixation or dorsal non-locking plate alone. We found when assessing clinical criteria, patients with dorsal non-locking plates and additional compression lag screw fixation had a significantly higher rate of fusion (100% vs 77.8%), significantly higher rate of fusion within the first two months (55.6% vs 83.3%), significantly earlier time to fusion (52.2 days vs 75.6 days), and significantly lower rate of non-union (0% vs 22.2%). When blindly assessing radiographic criteria, the patients treated with the plate and compression screw had a significantly higher rate of fusion and lower rate of non-union (0% vs 33%). There was no statistically significant difference between the frequencies of complications in the groups. We believe that the interfragmentary compression is a crucial factor in achieving good union rates and recommend the use of non-locking pre-contoured plating with additional interfragmentary compression screw as the fixation method of choice for these procedures.