Limb salvage for chronic tibial osteomyelitis: An outcomes study

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  • Background: The decision to undergo a limb salvage procedure is difficult and multifaceted. This study reviews the outcomes of patients with chronic tibial osteomyelitis who underwent limb salvage and hopes to enhance our understanding of the impact this complex procedure has on the patient's ability to have a functional and fulfilling life. Methods: Forty-six patients, with at least 18 months follow-up, who had undergone limb salvage for chronic, refractory tibial osteomyelitis were evaluated. A modification of the Limb Extremity Outcomes Instrument was utilized emphasizing inquiries pertaining to quality of life. Results: Thirty-nine (85%) of the 46 patients were able to ambulate independently without pain. All patients younger than 45 years of age had successful outcomes. Thirty-one percent of the patients with a positive smoking history were failures, and 71% of all failures were smokers. Conclusion: Limb salvage seems to be a satisfactory option for patients with chronic tibial osteomyelitis. A history of smoking and advanced age may have adverse affects and are relative contraindications.
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  • Siegel HJ; Patzakis MJ; Holtom PD; Sherman R; Shepherd L
  • Start Page

  • 484
  • End Page

  • 489
  • Volume

  • 48
  • Issue

  • 3