Arthroscopy in the Treatment of Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis of the Ankle and Subtalar Joints

A Technique Guide and Case Series

Kyle R. Sweeney, MD; Harris S. Slone, MD; Sameh A. Labib, MD


Curr Orthop Pract. 2017;28(5):499-502. 

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Patient Outcomes

At our institution we successfully treated three patients with DPVNS in the tibiotalar and subtalar joints with arthroscopically assisted synovectomy without adjuvant radiotherapy. Institutional review board approval was obtained, and consent to use of data was obtained from each of the patients. With a mean age of 37.7 yr (range 23–52) and mean follow-up of 83 wk (range, 19–184 wk), there was no evidence of recurrence. Outcome evaluations on these patients include Short Form-12 and the Foot and Ankle Disability Index (FADI). Mean SF-12 scores for physical and mental component summaries were, respectively, 49.05±4.76 and 54.57±4.55. Mean FADI score for the patients was 88.13±9.6. These results suggest good to excellent results.