Results of Watson-Jones ankle reconstruction for instability. The influence of articular damage

G. A. Hoy, I. J.P. Henderson

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We reviewed 32 ankles in 30 patients at an average of five years after a Watson-Jones tenodesis. All but one patient had had ankle pain before operation and 19 had had clicking, catching, or locking of the ankle. Eleven of these had an ankle arthrotomy at the time of ligament reconstruction for intraarticular pathology. At review seven of 23 ankles had a significant decrease in ankle motion, and five in subtalar motion, but only two were unstable on examination. Twenty-one ankles, however, caused some pain on activity and nine were tender on palpation. These findings indicate intra-articular degeneration or injury rather than simple instability. Radiographs of 16 ankles showed good varus and anterior-drawer stability. Seven had talocrural osteoarthritis, but only four showed grade-I subtalar osteoarthritis. We found no correlation between follow-up time and long-term results. The Watson-Jones tenodesis provides good rotational and lateral ankle instability and does not appear to lead to subtalar degeneration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)610-613
Number of pages4
JournalThe Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, British Volume
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1994
Externally publishedYes

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