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Tos P.,Orthopaedic and Trauma Center | Geuna S.,University of Turin | Papalia I.,Messina University | Conforti L.G.,Orthopaedic and Trauma Center | And 2 more authors.
Acta Neurochirurgica, Supplementum | Year: 2011

The last 15 years have seen a growing interest regarding a technique for nerve repair named end-to-side coaptation. Since 2000, we have carried out experimental studies on end-to-side nerve repair as well as employed this technique to a series of selected clinical cases. Here we report on the results of this experience. For experimental studies, we have used the model represented by median nerve repair by end-to-side coaptation either on the ulnar (agonistic) or the radial (antagonistic) nerve. For time course assessment of median nerve functional recovery we used the grasping test, a test which permits to assess voluntary control of muscle function. Repaired nerves were processed for resin embedding to allow nerve fibre stereology and electron microscopy. Results showed that, in either experimental group, end-to-side-repaired median nerves were repopulated by axons regenerating from ulnar and radial donor nerves, respectively. Moreover, contrary to previously published data, our results showed that voluntary motor control of the muscles innervated by the median nerve was progressively recovered also when the antagonistic radial nerve was the donor nerve. As regards our clinical experience, results were not so positive. We have treated by end-to-side coaptation patients with both sensory (n = 7, collateral digital nerves) and mixed (n = 8, plexus level) nerve lesions. Results were good, as in other series, in sensory nerves whilst they were very difficult to investigate in mixed nerves at the plexus level. Take together, these results suggest that clinical employment of end-to-side coaptation should still be considered at the moment as the ultima ratio in cases in which no other repair technique can be attempted. Yet, it is clear that more basic research is needed to explain the reasons for the different results between laboratory animal and humans and, especially, to find out how to ameliorate the outcome of end-to-side nerve repair by adequate treatment and rehabilitation. © 2011 Springer-Verlag/Wien.


Artiaco S.,Orthopaedic and Trauma Center | Battiston B.,Orthopaedic and Trauma Center | Colzani G.,Orthopaedic and Trauma Center | Bianchi P.,The Second University of Naples | And 3 more authors.
BioMed Research International | Year: 2014

The reconstruction of loss of substance due to trauma or oncological excision may have relevant functional and aesthetic implications. We report our experience in twenty-one cases of propeller flaps for the treatment of loss of substance of the upper and lower limbs. The etiology of defect was tumor excision in nine cases, trauma in seven cases, surgical wound complications in four cases, and chronic osteomyelitis in one case. Clinical results were favorable in most cases and eighteen flaps survived. We observed an overall complication rate of 33% with four cases of superficial epidermolysis that spontaneously healed and three cases of partial flap loss ranging from 10 to 50% that required surgical revision by means of skin graft (two cases) or ALT free flap (one case). Propeller flap harvesting requires great care and experience, and potential complications may occur even in expert hands. When indicated by the characteristic of the defect, these flaps can be a useful surgical option for the treatment of loss of substance of upper and lower limbs. © 2014 Stefano Artiaco et al.


Artiaco S.,Orthopaedic and Trauma Center | Boggio F.,Orthopaedic and Trauma Center | Colzani G.,Orthopaedic and Trauma Center | Titolo P.,Orthopaedic and Trauma Center | And 3 more authors.
Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases | Year: 2015

Purpose: The management of severe femoral bone loss associated with hip infection is a major problem in joint replacement surgery. Femoral megaprostheses have been rarely reported in reconstructive procedure for this complex condition. The aim of the study was to evaluate clinical results observed after such uncommon reconstruction in our case series and in a similar group of patients extracted by literature review. Methods: We evaluated clinical outcomes and eradication of sepsis in five patients who underwent femoral revision with modular femoral resection stems at our institution, and we reviewed the literature about this topic. In our case series, the femoral bone loss was grade III-B in three cases and grade IV in two cases according to the Paprosky classification. One patient was operated with one-stage revision, and four patients were operated with two-stage revision. The mean age was 72 years (range: 60 to 81 years), and the mean time of follow-up was 62 months (range: 36 to 82 months). Results: We observed sepsis eradication in four out of five patients in our series, and clinical results were satisfactory with a mean Harris Hip Score of 74 points (range: 46 to 95 points). Cumulative results obtained considering our series and data obtained by literature review showed a mean Harris Hip Score of 75 points (range: 42 to 95 points) in patients able to walk and an overall incidence of recurrent infection in 33% of patients. Complications were observed in 8 out of 20 patients (dislocation, 6 cases; greater trochanter displacement 2 cases; and transient sciatic palsy, 1 case). Conclusions: Revision with megaprostheses in case of infected total hip arthroplasty with severe femoral bone loss have a high risk of complication and should be carefully evaluated and used in selected patients when other surgical procedures are not feasible. © 2015, J. Michael Ryan Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Myers S.R.,Academic Plastic Surgery Group | Froschauer S.,Microsurgical Training and Research Center | Akelina Y.,Columbia University | Tos P.,Orthopaedic and Trauma Center | And 2 more authors.
Archives of Plastic Surgery | Year: 2013

Current educational interventions and training courses in microsurgery are often predicated on theories of skill acquisition and development that follow a 'practice makes perfect' model. Given the changing landscape of surgical training and advances in educational theories related to skill development, research is needed to assess current training tools in microsurgery education and devise alternative methods that would enhance training. Simulation is an increasingly important tool for educators because, whilst facilitating improved technical proficiency, it provides a way to reduce risks to both trainees and patients. The International Microsurgery Simulation Society has been founded in 2012 in order to consolidate the global effort in promoting excellence in microsurgical training. The society's aim to achieve standarisation of microsurgical training worldwide could be realised through the development of evidence based educational interventions and sharing best practices. © 2013 The Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.


Battiston B.,Orthopaedic and Trauma Center | Artiaco S.,Orthopaedic and Trauma Center | Piana R.,Orthopaedic and Trauma Center | Boux E.,Orthopaedic and Trauma Center | Tos P.,Microsurgery Unit
Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology | Year: 2015

During recent decades, the concept of surgical treatment of malignant bone and soft tissue sarcomas has evolved, with the aim of preserving limb function. In this paper we report a case of metatarsal reconstruction by means of serratus and rib free flap after excision of a synovial sarcoma located in the dorsal aspect of the midfoot. Five years after the operation, the patient was free from recurrence and recovered full foot function. Amputation has been widely used in the past and this procedure still remains a valuable option when limb salvage is not possible. Nevertheless, in selected cases, reconstruction by means of composite free flaps may be successfully used for limb preservation in the treatment of malignant foot tumors after surgical excision. © 2015, The Author(s).


PubMed | Orthopaedic and Trauma Center
Type: | Journal: Case reports in orthopedics | Year: 2014

Compartment syndrome of the arm is a rare event that can be subsequent to trauma or other pathological and physical conditions. At the arm the thin and elastic fascia may allow accumulation of blood more than in other districts, especially in patients undergoing anticoagulant therapy. We describe a rare case of an acute compartment syndrome of the arm after minor trauma with partial biceps brachii rupture in a patient with warfarin therapy and optimal value of INR. Prompt diagnosis and surgical decompression helped to avoid the occurrence of complications with a satisfying recovery of arm function.


PubMed | Microsurgery Unit and Orthopaedic and Trauma Center
Type: Case Reports | Journal: Journal of orthopaedics and traumatology : official journal of the Italian Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology | Year: 2015

During recent decades, the concept of surgical treatment of malignant bone and soft tissue sarcomas has evolved, with the aim of preserving limb function. In this paper we report a case of metatarsal reconstruction by means of serratus and rib free flap after excision of a synovial sarcoma located in the dorsal aspect of the midfoot. Five years after the operation, the patient was free from recurrence and recovered full foot function. Amputation has been widely used in the past and this procedure still remains a valuable option when limb salvage is not possible. Nevertheless, in selected cases, reconstruction by means of composite free flaps may be successfully used for limb preservation in the treatment of malignant foot tumors after surgical excision.


PubMed | Orthopaedic and Trauma Center and Ospedale Regionale Bellinzona e Valli
Type: | Journal: Case reports in orthopedics | Year: 2013

Pseudotumors associated with total hip arthroplasty have been associated with metal-on-metal and metal-on-polyethylene total hip arthroplasties due to a granulomatous foreign-body reaction to methyl methacrylate, polyethylene, or metal ion release, but they have not been related to prosthetic joint infections. In this paper, we report an unusual case of Candida albicans total hip arthroplasty infection, causing a large inflammatory pseudotumor of the hip joint. Fungal periprosthetic joint infections are a rare clinical entity and difficult to diagnose, and a pseudotumor may be part of their clinical presentation. They should be suspected in immunodeficient host patients when clinical symptoms of prosthetic joint infections are observed.

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