Purpose The aim of this study was to investigate gait kinematic parameters during stair ascent and descent after fibula free flap removal for facial reconstruction.
Materials and Methods Eight patients who underwent facial reconstruction with fibula free flap removal ascended and descended 3 standard steps. Their movements were recorded by a motion analyzer; gait kinematic parameters were obtained and compared with those calculated in 8 control subjects.
Results Stride time, percentage of swing, and support phases did not differ among healthy and operated limbs and control subjects (Kruskal-Wallis, P >.05). No significant differences were found for hip and knee movements, pelvis rotation and tilt, and body center of mass displacements. During stair descent, the patients had significantly larger pelvis inclinations than the control subjects (P
Conclusions No functional limitations during stair performance were found. The only significant difference could indicate a minor control of the pelvis and should be used to define specific rehabilitative interventions.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Oral Surgery