Replacing the fusion: Conversion of an ankle arthrodesis to a total ankle arthroplasty


Journal Article

© 2018 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved. A painful ankle arthrodesis, whether from malunion, nonunion, or the development of adjacent hindfoot arthritis, can be a difficult problem for the patient and treating surgeon. Several surgical options are available, however, conversion of the arthrodesis to a total ankle replacement offers the potential for restoration of some degree of ankle motion, reduced pain, and improved overall patient function. This concept of an ankle arthrodesis takedown to total ankle replacement and the surgical technique are reviewed here in detail, along with relevant complications, available outcomes data, and the future of the technique. Level of Evidence: Diagnostic Level V. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Schweitzer, KM; Lewis, JS; Davis, H

Published Date

  • January 1, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 81 - 89

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-1943

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1536-0644

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/BTF.0000000000000190

Citation Source

  • Scopus