Syme and Boyd Amputations in Children

KARL F. FRANKOVITCH, MD AND WILLIAM J. FARRELL, MD*Erie, Pennsylvania


The results of 30 ankle disarticulations performed at the Erie, Pennsylvania Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children using both the Syme and Boyd techniques were reviewed. The retrospective analysis included the number and type of complications encountered, namely revisions, migration of heel pads and scar problems. The ability to bear weight on the end of the amputation limb, the ease of prosthetic fitting and the ease of operation make the Boyd amputation the technique of choice for children's amputations.

*Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 1645 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505-5097