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ACE Report #12018
Ace Report Cover Foot & Ankle

Lower rate of treatment failure with surgical vs. conservative treatment for unstable ankle fracture

Study Type:Meta-analysis/Systematic Review
OE Level Evidence:2
Journal Level of Evidence:1

A Systematic Review Investigating the Effectiveness of Surgical Versus Conservative Management of Unstable Ankle Fractures in Adults

Foot Ankle Surg. 2019 Aug;25(4):409-417.

Contributing Authors: L Elgayar F Arnall J Barrie

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Five studies (951 patients) were included in this systematic review and meta-analysis comparing surgical and conservative treatment of unstable ankle fractures. Outcomes of interest included the risk of non-union, mal-union, infection, radiological signs of osteoarthritis, and early treatment failure, as well as functional outcomes. Pooled results for the risk of non-union, mal-union and early tre...

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