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Arthrodesis of the Knee

Conway, Janet D. MD; Mont, Michael A. MD; Bezwada, Hari P. MD

Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery - American Volume: April 2004 - Volume 86 - Issue 4 - p 835–848
Current Concepts Review

The most common indication for arthrodesis of the knee is an infection at the site of a total knee arthroplasty.

Deficiencies in bone stock and poor bone apposition adversely affect the success of a knee arthrodesis.

Arthrodesis of the knee can provide a stable, painless extremity for high-functioning patients who are able to walk.

Patient function after arthrodesis of the knee is superior to that after above-the-knee amputation.

Conversion of a solid knee fusion to a total knee arthroplasty has a substantial complication rate.

1 Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopaedics, 2401 West Belvedere Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215. E-mail address for J.D. Conway: jconway@lifebridgehealth.org. E-mail address for M.A. Mont: mmont@lifebridgehealth.org. E-mail address for H.P. Bezwada: hbezwada@yahoo.com

Copyright 2004 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
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