Knee fusion with external fixation


Journal Article

External fixation for knee arthrodesis has some advantages over internal fixation and intramedullary nailing. It can be used in actively septic knees, it allows control of compression and alignment after surgery, and it has the theoretic advantage of not leaving any retained hardware after fusion. External fixation has a well-documented list of common complications, however, including pin tract infections, creation of stress risers in the femoral and tibial diaphyses, and intolerance to wearing a bulky fixator for several months. Copyright © 2012 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wellman, SS; Bono, JV

Published Date

  • June 1, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 118 - 121

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-1935

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1536-0636

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/BTK.0b013e3182555ca2

Citation Source

  • Scopus