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The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 93-B, Issue 6 | Pages 833 - 838
1 Jun 2011
Huber H Dora C Ramseier LE Buck F Dierauer S

Between June 2001 and November 2008 a modified Dunn osteotomy with a surgical hip dislocation was performed in 30 hips in 28 patients with slipped capital femoral epiphysis. Complications and clinical and radiological outcomes after a mean follow-up of 3.8 years (1.0 to 8.5) were documented. Subjective outcome was assessed using the Harris hip score and the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities osteoarthritis index questionnaire.

Anatomical or near-anatomical reduction was achieved in all cases. The epiphysis in one hip showed no perfusion intra-operatively and developed avascular necrosis. There was an excellent outcome in 28 hips. Failure of the implants with a need for revision surgery occurred in four hips.

Anatomical reduction can be achieved by this technique, with a low risk of avascular necrosis. Cautious follow-up is necessary in order to avoid implant failure.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 84-B, Issue 3 | Pages 426 - 430
1 Apr 2002
Huber H Galantay R Dutoit M

In order to determine the incidence of avascular necrosis after osteotomy of the talar neck, we re-evaluated 11 patients (16 feet) with idiopathic club foot who had undergone this procedure at a mean age of eight years (5 to 13) to correct a residual adduction deformity. All had been initially treated conservatively and operatively. The mean follow-up was 39 years (36 to 41). Surgery consisted of a closing-wedge osteotomy of the talar neck combined, in 14 feet, with lengthening of the first cuneiform and a Steindler procedure.

At follow-up eight feet were free from pain, three had occasional mild pain and five were regularly painful after routine activities. Two patients were unlimited in their activity, six occasionally limited after strenuous and three regularly limited after strenuous activity. Using the Ponseti score, the feet were rated as good in four, fair in three and poor in nine. In seven feet avascular necrosis with collapse and flattening of the talar dome had occurred. In all of these feet the children were younger than ten years of age at the time of surgery. In three feet, avascular necrosis of the talar head was also observed.

We conclude that osteotomy of the talar neck in children under the age of ten years can cause avascular necrosis and should be abandoned.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 76-B, Issue 1 | Pages 118 - 122
1 Jan 1994
Huber H Gerber C

We reviewed 25 children who presented consecutively with voluntary (habitual) subluxation of the shoulder. Thirty-six shoulders were involved and symptoms had been present for an average period of 12 years. Eighteen children were managed by 'skillful neglect': all these had become fully active in the profession of their choice and were satisfied with the outcome. Two of them had required shoulder surgery in adult life but only after trauma. Seven children (ten shoulders) had undergone stabilising operations during childhood with the aim of preventing later degenerative arthritis. These patients were also active in their selected professions, but only three (five of the ten shoulders) had good results: two shoulders had recurrent instability, two were painful and one was stiff. None of the shoulders in either group had developed osteoarthritic changes. There was no association with emotional or psychiatric problems. We conclude that voluntary subluxation of the shoulder in children has a favourable prognosis and that there is no indication for surgical intervention during childhood.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 74-B, Issue 2 | Pages 315 - 316
1 Mar 1992
Huber H