Robert Flavin

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The management of the patella in total knee arthroplasty still causes controversy. Whether or not to resurface the patella in primary total knee arthroplasty remains unclear. In this study we examined 220 consecutive total knee replacements, by a single surgeon, where the patella was routinely resurfaced using the inset technique. All patellae were suitable(More)
Percutaneous repairs of Achilles tendon ruptures has gained popularity due the reduced incidence of wound complications, however its use is still limited by the high incidence of sural nerve injuries associated with these repairs. The only technique described to avoid this adverse event is to surgically expose the nerve peri-operatively. In our study, we(More)
Clinical and pedobarograph evaluation was performed on 16 patients following flexor hallucis longus (FHL) tendon transfers to determine the resulting morbidity due to the loss of FHL function. All patients underwent FHL tendon transfer for either chronic tendon Achilles rupture or chronic Achilles tendinosis. Clinical evaluation of hallux function was(More)
BACKGROUND Many procedures for hallux valgus treatment have high recurrence rates, often related to operative considerations such as accuracy of deformity correction, soft tissue balancing and sesamoid alignment. Inadequate distal metatarsal-articular angle (DMAA) correction is common with uni- and bi-planar osteotomies which principally address the(More)
BACKGROUND Prior studies reported improved gait after total ankle arthroplasty and better parameters of gait than those reported in earlier studies of patients after ankle arthrodesis. However, there are very limited data prospectively evaluating the effects on gait after ankle arthroplasty compared with ankle arthrodesis. Controversy remains regarding the(More)
BACKGROUND The 'Stainsby procedure' is an effective salvage procedure for correction of fixed claw toe deformity. A novel approach is described involving the extensor tenotomy step of the procedure, which is easier, faster and safer to perform. METHODS A retrospective single surgeon review was performed to assess this modification. 37 patients (92 lesser(More)
Hallux rigidus was first described in 1887. Many aetiological factors have been postulated, but none has been supported by scientific evidence. We have examined the static and dynamic imbalances in the first metatarsophalangeal joint which we postulated could be the cause of this condition. We performed a finite-element analysis study on a male subject and(More)
Forces generated in the muscles and tendons actuate the movement of the skeleton. Accurate estimation and application of these musculotendon forces in a continuum model is not a trivial matter. Frequently, musculotendon attachments are approximated as point forces; however, accurate estimation of local mechanics requires a more realistic application of(More)
BACKGROUND Arthrodesis of the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ) is used to treat a variety of foot pathologies. Numerous methods of internal fixation and bone end preparation have been reported. In an effort to bring together the best features of the various internal fixation devices, a low-profile contoured titanium plate (LPCT) using a compression(More)