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[Long-term results of mobilization by bone resection in patients with post-traumatic total stiffness and ankylosis of the elbow. Study and results of 39 operations].

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  • 1Service d'Orthopédie-Traumatologie et Réadaptation fonctionnelle, Hôpital clinique Colentina, Bucuresti, Roumanie.


Thirty patients with post-traumatic stiffness and ankylosis of the elbow were treated operatively at the Colentina Clinical Hospital, from 1970-1986. They were treated by 39 surgical mobilisation using Ollier technique. In eleven patients with a persisting functional amplitude of the prono-supination, the resections have been effected on the distal end of the humerus and on the olecranon, and in nineteen with a limited prono-supination too, it was added a resection of the radial head. The mobilisations were realised without interposition. At follow-up the patients were evaluated after 1 to 8 years, using the pre- and post- operative Rocher's indices and the Kerboull's classification. The flexion-extension was improved by 55 per cent, the pronation by 55.3 per cent and the supination also with 55.3 per cent. The results plead for the maintaining of this type of surgical treatment for the treatment of post-traumatic stiffnesses and ankyloses of the elbow, though there are not complete satisfactory, especially for the joint stability.

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