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MEDICINA E CHIRURGIA DELLA CAVIGLIA E DEL PIEDE
A Journal on Physiopathology and Surgery of the Foot
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, Scopus
Chirurgia Del Piede 2000 June;24(2):145-50
Surgical treatment of the base of the fifth metatarsal with Galluccio's pins
Cavallo G., Latino P., De Cruto E., Galluccio D.
Background. The authors examine the classification and pathogenesis of fractures of the base of the fifth metatarsal and suggest a surgical treatment.
Methods. In the period betwen January 1991 and June 1999, in the ''Villa Bianca'' Clinic in Lecce, 68 patients had been treated with this method and 65 of them (95.6%) had been enrolled in the study; the follow-up has been carried out for an average of 28.6 months. The synthesis is performed by percutaneous way, under local anesthesia and without any incision using two pins.
Results. As no means of external containment had been used, in the 86.1% of cases, patients had been able to resume his own activity from the first days. The radiographic recovery is comparable with times obtained with different surgical or not surgical treatment, as observed in the scientific literature on this topic.
Conclusions. According to the authors, the advantage of this method is the radiographic recovery of the fracture and also, the patient is approval for the prompt resumption his own activities.