Intraoperative imaging in hallux valgus surgery

Elliot, Robin R., Saxby, Terry S., & Whitehouse, Sarah L. (2011) Intraoperative imaging in hallux valgus surgery. Foot and Ankle Surgery, 18(1), pp. 19-21.

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Background: This prospective study investigates the use of intraoperative fluoroscopy in 28 consecutive cases undergoing hallux valgus surgery. To our knowledge there have been no studies validating the use of intraoperative fluoroscopy in hallux valgus surgery.

Methods: We performed a prospective investigation of 28 consecutive cases undergoing hallux valgus surgery. Fluoroscopic images were examined intraoperatively and any significant unforseen findings documented. A comparison was made between the fluoroscopic images and weight bearing films taken 6 weeks postoperatively to examine whether the intraoperative images are an accurate representation of the standard films obtained post-operatively. We excluded those patients that went on to have an Akin osteotomy.

Results: There were no unforeseen intraoperative events that were revealed by the use of fluoroscopy and no surgical modifications were made as a result of the intraoperative images. The intraoperative films were found to be a reliable representation of the postoperative weight bearing films but a small increase in the hallux valgus angle was noted at six weeks and this is thought to be due to stretching of the medial soft tissue repair.

Conclusions: Intraoperative fluoroscopy is a reliable technique. This study was performed at a centre which performs approximately 100 hallux valgus operations per year and that should be taken into consideration when reviewing our findings. We conclude that there may be a role for fluoroscopy for surgeons in the early stages of the surgical learning curve and for those that infrequently perform hallux valgus surgery. We cannot however recommend that fluoroscopy be used routinely in hallux valgus surgery.

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ID Code: 47069
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Hallux, Valgus, Intraoperative, Imaging, Scarf
DOI: 10.1016/j.fas.2011.01.006
ISSN: 1268-7731
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Orthopaedics (110314)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in <Foot and Ankle Surgery>. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Foot and Ankle Surgery, [in press, (2011)] DOI: 10.1016/j.fas.2011.01.006
Deposited On: 17 Nov 2011 22:35
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2012 22:40

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