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ACE Report #8300
Ace Report Cover Sports Medicine

External fixator vs cast after ligament reconstruction for subacute/chronic dislocation

Study Type:Therapy
OE Level Evidence:2
Journal Level of Evidence:1

External fixator for treatment of the sub-acute and chronic multi-ligament-injured knee

Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2015 Oct;23(10):3012-8.

Contributing Authors: FJ Angelini CP Helito MB Bonadio TM Guimarães RB Barreto JR Pécora GL Camanho RF da Mota E Albuquerque

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37 patients (38 knees) undergoing multi-ligament reconstruction surgery for sub-acute and chronic knee dislocation were randomized to receive post-operative immobilization with either a hinged external fixator or rigid cast. The purpose of the study was to compare functional outcome and range of motion between groups. The external fixator allowed earlier performance of rehabilitative exercises com...

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