This book provides a comprehensive overview of current arthroscopic techniques for the management of ankle joint disorders. An introductory section clearly and accessibly explains the anatomy in question, the portal placement and other ankle procedures, addressing both the articular and extra-articular compartments. All currently available minimally invasive surgical options and the management of various upper and lower lesions of the ankle are then described step by step, discussing the main issues concerning each of them and sharing useful tips and tricks. A closing chapter is devoted to rehabilitation, which greatly differs in patients treated with arthroscopic procedures and those undergoing open surgery. The volume is also supplemented by detailed videos for each technique and procedure, both outside on the cutaneous layer and inside the joint.
The book offers an invaluable tool for orthopedic surgeons and fellows dealing with foot and ankle disorders who normally prefer to use open procedures and desire to complement their surgical options with arthroscopy, as well as for those surgeons already familiar with arthroscopic techniques who would like to broaden their knowledge of the field.
Dr Francesco Allegra is Coordinator of the arthroscopic joint surgery unit at the Department of Orthopedics, Università La Sapienza, where he teaches students and trains fellows in orthopedic practice and arthroscopic surgery. He obtained his medical Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Catholic University of Rome with the highest honors, and subsequently received his degree in Orthopedic and Traumatology from the same academic institute, furtherly specializing in Physiotherapy. After a collaboration with the Main Military Hospital in Rome, he spent 15 years working at 'San Camillo-Forlanini' Hospital in Rome, promoting and developing its arthroscopic surgery services. In 1993 he became Director of the orthopedic unit at Guarnieri Multispecialty Clinic in Rome, further developing arthroscopy methods for different joints. From 2004 to 2007 he directed the orthopedic department at Villa Silvana Hospital. The author of several articles on sport traumatology and arthroscopic surgery, Dr Allegra serves on the Board of Directors of several medical scientific societies, including the Italian Sport Traumatology Society (Società Italiana Traumatologia dello Sport - S.I.Tra.S.), Orthopedic and Traumatology Association of Lazio (ALOTO), and Italian Arthroscopy Society (Società Italiana di Artroscopia - S.I.A.), and since 2008 he has also been a honor member of the American Society of Arthroscopy (AANA).
Dr Francesco Lijoi obtained the degree of Medicine and Surgery at Bologna University (Italy) and the Graduation in Orthopedic and Traumatologic Science and in Physiotherapy at the Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute, all with maximum votes and honors. He attended many of the most renowned International Orthopedic Centers in Europe and USA: Hospital Petié-Salpétrière Paris; Middelares Hospital /APRA Kliniek, Antwerpen, Belgium; Orthopaedic Research Center Amsterdam University, The Nederlands,; Hospital for Special Surgery, New York; Hospital for Joint Desease, New York; Southern California Orthopedic and Sports Medical Center, Los Angeles). Dr. Lijoi is a member of Italian Society Orthopaedic and Traumatology (SIOT); Italian Society of Arthroscopy (SIA); Italian Society of Knee, Arthroscopy, Cartilage, Sports Traumatology (SIGASCOT); European Society of Sport, Knee and Arthroscopy (ESSKA); he has been an International Member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) for over 10 years. He published several papers and he is the author of several chapters in published volumes, especially on arthroscopic surgery. He organized Courses and Congresses on arthroscopic techniques and has been speaker and chairman in many National and International events. He has been the Director of the Orthopedic and Traumatologic Unit of the Morgagni Hospital in Forli (Italy) for 14 years. Dr. Lijoi is currently working in private clinics.