Bleeding complications following percutaneous tendoachilles tenotomy in the treatment of clubfoot deformity

Matthew B. Dobbs, J. Eric Gordon, Timothy Walton, Perry L. Schoenecker

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Abstract

Ponseti demonstrated correction of most clubfeet in infants using proper manipulative techniques followed by application of well-molded long-leg plaster casts and a percutaneous tendoachilles tenotomy to correct residual equinus contracture. Medical complications occurring as a result of this technique have not to our knowledge been reported. The authors retrospectively reviewed 134 consecutive infants with 219 idiopathic clubfeet treated with the Ponseti method. A percutaneous tendoachilles tenotomy was performed on 200 clubfeet (91%) at a mean age of 16 weeks (range, 6-77 weeks) when less than 10° of ankle dorsiflexion was present after casting. A total of 4 patients had serious bleeding complications following the percutaneous tendoachillis tenotomy-3 due to presumed injury to the peroneal artery and 1 due to injury to the lesser saphenous vein. The authors detail the technique of performing a percutaneous tendoachilles tenotomy and offer guidelines that may help others avoid this same complication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-357
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

Keywords

  • Clubfoot
  • Complication
  • Tenotomy
  • Vascular

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