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"Researchers Find New Osteochondral Ankle Lesion Treatment" - Tracey Romero

  • Orthopedics This Week
  • New York, NY
  • (October 05, 2018)

Mount Sinai researchers recently discovered a new, minimally invasive technique for treating osteochondral defects of the ankle bone, which are commonly caused by ankle sprains. The new technique involves injecting bone substitute into the injury. The researchers found that this strategy could cut recovery time in half compared to the standard surgical treatment. “This technique is a new way of looking at a common orthopedic condition, which is typically seen in younger patients and athletes,” said 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 could 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

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