The "all inside" arthroscopic Broström procedure: a prospective study of 40 consecutive patients

J Foot Ankle Surg. Sep-Oct 2013;52(5):568-74. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2013.02.022. Epub 2013 May 11.


Lateral ankle sprains are the most common injury in sports. Nonoperative therapy is recommended initially, including functional rehabilitation. Surgery might be an option for those patients in whom nonoperative attempts fail. Various surgical approaches have been described in published studies for treating chronic lateral ankle instability. The procedures are typically grouped into 2 main categories: anatomic and nonanatomic repair of the lateral ligament complex. The open modified Broström-Gould anatomic repair technique is widely accepted as the reference standard for lateral ankle stabilization. In the present study, we used an arthroscopic approach to treat chronic anterior talofibular ligament tears without the extensive open incisions common in the traditional modified Broström-Gould procedure. Our hypothesis was that the use of an all-inside arthroscopic Broström procedure would provide a minimally invasive technique with acceptable patient outcomes. We also wished to explore the complication rates and interval to return to weightbearing activity. A total of 40 ankles in 40 consecutive patients were included in the cohort.

Keywords: 3; ankle; arthroscopy; instability; ligament; sprain; surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Absorbable Implants
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Ankle Injuries / surgery*
  • Ankle Joint / surgery*
  • Arthroscopy / methods*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Joint Instability / surgery*
  • Ligaments, Articular / injuries
  • Ligaments, Articular / surgery
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Sprains and Strains / surgery*
  • Suture Anchors
  • Visual Analog Scale
  • Young Adult