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Vidal RCA, Mora CS, Morales PMG
Does the success of Ponseti method is dependent on the level of experience?
Rev Mex Ortop Ped 2016; 18 (1)

Language: Español
References: 11
Page: 20-25
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Introduction: The Ponseti method is the gold standard in the treatment of clubfoot. It is well known that in expert hands the results have been uniformly satisfactory, however little is known about the reproducibility of the technique depending on the medical degree of training. The main objective of this study was to determine the reproducibility of this technique when performed by personnel with varying degrees of training. Material and methods: A retrospective review of 36 patients (50 feet) treated with the Ponseti method with at least one year of follow-up was performed. The degree of deformity and the result according to the scale of Dimeglio were determined and the number of casts that were used were documented, as well as the degree of training in years of the physician who carried out the treatment. Three physicians were involved in the treatment of the patients; one with four years of experience working as a pediatric orthopedist, one of them with one year of experience and finally a fellow resident of pediatric orthopedics without previous training in the Ponseti technique. Results: Of the 36 patients, 19 were treated by the physician with more experience in the Ponseti method, 9 were treated by the physician with one year of experience, while the remaining 8 were treated by the fellow resident. The average number of Ponseti cast per patient were 7.9. The rating of Dimeglio at baseline average was classified as grade III or severe, while at the end of the treatment the deformity was entirely corrected in 94.4% of patients, while recurrence of the adduct was observed in two patients, representing 5.6%. There was stastistically significance in the results of reproducibility by the three physician using the Ponseti method (p ≤ 0.05). Conclusions: The Ponseti method proved to be a reproducible technique with excellent results in correcting clubfoot deformities regardless of the degree of training of the physician who performed the treatment.

Key words: Clubfoot, Ponseti method, reproducibility.


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