"Mount Sinai Researchers Discover New Technique To Treat Osteochondral Ankle Lesions"
Mount Sinai researchers have discovered a new, minimally invasive strategy for treating osteochondral defects of the ankle bone, common injuries that are typically caused by ankle sprains. The strategy involves injecting bone substitute material into the injury, which they showed could cut recovery time in half compared to the standard surgical treatment, in a study published in Orthopedics. “This technique is a completely new way of looking at a common orthopedic condition, which is typically seen in younger patients and athletes, and this minimally invasive approach could make recovery much easier,” said lead investigator Ettore Vulcano, MD, assistant professor of orthopedics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “This is the first published study looking at the use of injectable bone substitute to treat the pain instead of cartilage grafts, and if results continue to be positive, this technique can substantially change the way surgeons treat this debilitating condition.”
- Ettore Vulcano, MD, Assistant Professor, Orthopedics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Orthopedic Surgeon, Mount Sinai West