Safe surgical technique: reconstruction of the sternoclavicular joint for posttraumatic arthritis after posterior sternoclavicular dislocation
1 Department of Orthopaedics, Denver Health Medical Center, University of Colorado, School of Medicine, Denver, CO 80204, USA
2 Department of Orthopaedics, Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA 92134, USA
3 Department of Orthopaedics, Denver Health Medical Center, University of Colorado, School of Medicine, 777 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204, USA
Patient Safety in Surgery 2013, 7:38 doi:10.1186/1754-9493-7-38Published: 31 December 2013
Posttraumatic sternoclavicular arthritis related to chronic ligamentous instability after posterior sternoclavicular dislocation represents a rare but challenging problem. The current article in the Journal’s “Safe Surgical Technique” series describes a successful salvage procedure by partial resection of the medial clavicle and ligamentous reconstruction of the sternoclavicular joint with a figure-of-eight semitendinosus allograft interposition arthroplasty.