A Novel Technique for Creating an Articulating Cement Spacer for Ankle Prosthetic Joint Infections.
Total ankle arthroplasty has been increasing as a treatment for end-stage ankle arthritis. With this increase, the incidence of total ankle prosthetic infections will also increase. Treatment of these infections depends on the duration of symptoms and whether the infection is acute or chronic in presentation. The treatment of choice for chronic infections is a 2-stage procedure, the removal of implants and placement of a static cement spacer. We describe a technique for creating an articulating antibiotic cement spacer through an anterior approach in a patient with an infected total ankle arthroplasty. The articulating antibiotic cement spacer allows high doses of local antibiotics, decreases soft tissue contractures, and allows continued motion of the joint.
Short, A; Penrose, C; Adams, S
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