Professor and MD Orthopedics and Traumatology COT
Title: Results of Ponseti Brazil Program: Multicentric study in 1621 feet: Preliminary results.
Antonio Gonçalves is graduated in Medicine at the Bahia Foundation for Science Development - FBDC (1996), Specialization - Medical Residency in Orthopedics and Traumatology at COT - Martagão (1997-1999) and Pediatric Orthopaedics and Foot Surgery in HCRP-USP (2000- 2001). He is currently Orthopedist of Sister Dulce Social Works (OSID) of the Orthopedics and Traumatology Clinic (COT), Doctor's Office - Medical Center Fernando Filgueiras, coordinator of Orthopedics Child Hospital Pediatric of Social Works of Sister Dulce (since 2001), Coordinator Child Trauma Suburban Hospital (since 2010). Since 2001 staff in Orthopedics and Traumatology COT. Master degree in Healthy Tecnology at Escola Bahiana de Medicina (EBM).
Background: The Ponseti method has been shown to be the most effective treatment for congenital clubfoot. The current challenge is to establish sustainable national clubfoot treatment programs that utilize the Ponseti method and integrate it within a nation’s governmental health system. The Brazilian Ponseti Program (Programa Ponseti Brasil) has increased awareness of the utility of the Ponseti method and has trained >500 Brazilian orthopaedic surgeons in it.
Methods: A group of 18 of those surgeons had been able to reproduce the Ponseti clubfoot treatment, and compiled their initial results through structured spreadsheet.
Results: The study compiled 1040 patients for a total of 1621 feet. The average follow-up time was 2.3 years with an average correction time of approximately 3 months. Patients required an average of 6.40 casts to achieve correction.